July 23, 2012

106 agencies get permits to fly drones over U.S.

by: Terence P. Jeffrey CNS News
Friday, July 20, 2012
A small Draganflyer X6 drone makes a test flight in Mesa County, Colo., with a forward-looking infrared payload. Photo Credit:AP
Since Jan. 1 of this year, according to congressional testimony presented Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized 106 federal, state and local government “entities” to fly “unmanned aircraft systems,” also known as drones, within U.S. airspace. ...

“Currently, no federal agency has specific statutory responsibility to regulate privacy matters relating to UAS," [Gerald L. Dillingham, GAO’s director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, told the House Homeland Subcommittee on Oversight on Thursday]. ...
In addition to authorizing 106 government agencies to operate drones, the FAA has authorized four private manufacturers to fly drones.
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