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Drone crash at White House comes as FAA develops rules | USA Today


curated by | January 26, 2015

The crash of a quad-copter drone on White House grounds early Monday comes as the Federal Aviation Administration is developing long-awaited rules for commercial unmanned aircraft.

Congress ordered the FAA in 2012 to develop rules for commercial drones, which range from a few ounces to as big as an airliner, to share the skies with passenger aircraft by September.

So far, commercial drones are largely prohibited, although the FAA has granted 16 permits out of 295 applications for purposes such as movie-making and smokestack inspections.

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