droneThe FAA is taking too long to draft its rules for unmanned aircraft systems, and should go ahead and allow some limited UAS operations, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International said this week. In areas such as around powerlines or pipelines and above rural farms, UAS operations could commence with little risk to manned aircraft or people on the ground, AUVSI said. “Each day that integration is delayed will lead to $27 million in lost economic impact,” said AUVSI president Michael Toscano. The FAA has been working on the rules since 2009, and the latest target date of this November is almost four years behind schedule. Also this week, a federally operated $12 million drone was lost when it ditched in the Pacific. 

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