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White House Clears Small, Commercial Drones for Takeoff

The long-anticipated rules would mean drone operators would be able to fly without special permission

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    A hexacopter drone is flown during a drone demonstration at a farm and winery on potential use for board members of the National Corn Growers, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Cordova, Maryland. Routine commercial use of small drones got a green light from the Obama administration June 21, 2016, after years of struggling to write regulations that would both protect public safety and unleash the economic potential and societal benefits of the new technology.

    The Obama administration has cleared the way for routine commercial use of small drones. The decision comes after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology.

    The Federal Aviation Administration has created a new category of rules for drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The long-anticipated rules would mean drone operators would be able to fly without special permission.

    Currently, they have to apply for a waiver from rules that govern manned aircraft, a process that can be time-consuming and expensive.