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Drones to fly freely in US after FAA loses court case

By:Genevieve CUrtis

LAS CRUCES, N.M.--The way we fly and exactly what takes flight is about to drastically change.
 
The Federal Aviation Administration lost a lawsuit in which they were seeking to prevent the commercial use of drones.
 
In a landmark decision, a federal judge said, the FAA does not have a rule in place to prevent people from using unmaned aircraft systems, or UAS, for commercial use.
 
That opens up a lot of airspace and New Mexico State researchers said that may not be a good thing.
 
New Mexico State University is currently the only operating FAA approved UAS flight test center in the U.S.

"We have been assisting the FAA in the integration of "drones" into the National Airspace System for seven years.," said ???
 
Deputy Director Dennis Zakland said there are so many advantages to using drones, from the military to law enforcement and even farming.
 
Many companies also want to use drones for efficiency. Beer companies have said they want to deliver alcohol with drones and Amazon aims to deliver packages with drones as well.
 
The judge's ruling Friday opens up the door for all those possibilities, but Zakland cautions this might be taking off too quickly.
 
The FAA has yet to develop safety rules and regulations when it comes to commercial drone uses.
 
There arent even federal standards for building a drone.
 
That leaves a lot of room for the new technology to fail or worse, cause disaster.
 
People are going to read this, go out and buy them and start flying them tomorrow. Our fear is that someone is going to die for the wrong reason, said Zackland.
 
The FAA is expected to come out with rules and restrictions for drones this year to address these issues.

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