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APNewsBreak: Move to OK commercial drone flights over people

U.S. News

A government-sponsored committee is recommending standards that could clear the way for commercial drone flights over populated areas and help speed the introduction of package delivery drones and other uses not yet possible, The Associated Press has learned. The Federal Aviation Administration currently prohibits most commercial drone flights over populated areas, especially crowds. That ban frustrates a host of industries that want to take advantage of the technology. "Every TV station in the country wants one, but they can't be limited to flying in the middle of nowhere because there's no news in the middle of nowhere," said Jim Williams, a former head of FAA's drone office who now advises the industry for Dentons, an international law firm. Cellular network providers also want to loosen restrictions so drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, can inspect cell towers, which often are in urban areas.


Should commercial drone flights be permitted to fly over populated areas?

PBS NewsHour

Workers set up a commercial drone display at the AEE Technology booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 5, 2016. WASHINGTON -- A government-sponsored committee is recommending standards that could clear the way for commercial drone flights over populated areas and help speed the introduction of package delivery drones and other uses not yet possible, The Associated Press has learned. The Federal Aviation Administration currently prohibits most commercial drone flights over populated areas, especially crowds. That ban frustrates a host of industries that want to take advantage of the technology. "Every TV station in the country wants one, but they can't be limited to flying in the middle of nowhere because there's no news in the middle of nowhere," said Jim Williams, a former head of FAA's drone office who now advises the industry for Dentons, an international law firm.


FAA given recommendations, terms for commercial drone flights over people: AP

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – A government-sponsored committee is recommending standards that could clear the way for commercial drone flights over populated areas and help speed the introduction of package delivery drones and other uses not yet possible, The Associated Press has learned. The Federal Aviation Administration currently prohibits most commercial drone flights over populated areas, especially crowds. That ban frustrates a host of industries that want to take advantage of the technology. "Every TV station in the country wants one, but they can't be limited to flying in the middle of nowhere because there's no news in the middle of nowhere," said Jim Williams, a former head of the FAA's drone office who now advises the industry for Dentons, an international law firm. Cellular network providers also want to loosen restrictions so drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, can inspect cell towers, which often are in urban areas.


Commercial drones could soon be given the green light: Report outlines plans to lift the ban on flying machines over crowds and during deliveries

Daily Mail - Science & tech

'Every TV station in the country wants one, but they can't be limited to flying in the middle of nowhere because there's no news in the middle of nowhere,' said Jim Williams, a former head of the FAA's drone office who now advises the industry for Dentons, an international law firm. Mobile network providers also want to loosen restrictions so drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, can inspect mobile phone masts, which often are in urban areas. Amazon's vision for package deliveries entails drones winging their way over city and suburban neighborhoods. The AP obtained a copy of the recommendations, which were sent to the FAA late Friday. The agency is not bound by the recommendations and can make changes when it writes the final rules.