US Lags As Commercial Drones Take Off Around Globe

By Joan Lowy

FILE - This March 12, 2104 file photo shows Brian Wilson launching a small drone equipped with a video camera to fly over the scene of an explosion an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in East Harlem in New York. Wilson says he uses the aerial drone to document buildings, weddings and news events. The Federal Aviation Administration bars commercial use of drones no matter how seemingly benign. Officials say rules to address the special safety challenges associated with unmanned aircraft need to be in place before they can share the sky with manned aircraft and final regulations could be years away. But tempting technology and an eager marketplace are outrunning the aviation agency's best intentions. Photographers, real estate agents, moviemakers, and others are hurrying to embrace the technology. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A small, four-rotor drone hovered over the Washington Nationals baseball players during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration’s permission first.

The drone flights ceased the next day.

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