How new drone regulations will impact local businesses

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If it’s not a bird or a plane, it just might be a drone, especially since the Federal Aviation Administration’s new unmanned aircraft regulation s are expected to allow the commercial use of drones to take off.

The FAA laid out all the rules on its website, which permit drone flights for commercial, scientific, public and educational purposes as long as certain conditions are met, Washington Bureau Chief Kent Hoover writes. For instance, the drones must weigh less than 55 pounds and can’t fly faster than 100 miles per hour during the day. They also can’t go higher than 400 feet and must stay at least five miles away from airports, which limits the risk of them coming into contact with airplanes. Commercial drone pilots will have to pass a written test and go through security checks. The drones must remain within visual sight of their pilots.