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FAA Considers Easing Drone Restrictions

The Federal Aviation Administration is setting up an aviation rulemaking committee – made up of industry stakeholders – that will consider easing restrictions on small commercial drones flying over groups of people "not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft," such as sporting events and urban areas. In February 2015 the FAA sought to establish a "micro" classification for drones weighing under 4.4 lbs and made of materials that give or break under pressure, meaning they wouldn't pose a threat of harm to passerby below, the Aviation Rulemaking Committee Charter [.pdf] explained. However, after reviewing comments collected during the open commenting period, the FAA did not follow through with establishing the micro classification.

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