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The Drone Wars - FAA Refuses to Stand Down to Federal Court Ruling

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Rock Hill, S.C.  – Commercial drones can potentially offer pizza and beer deliveries, but that's not all.

Entrepreneur, Terrice McClain, started a new company called ‘Sky-Pros’ and he’s looking to fill a niche in the aerial photography market.

The company specializes in visual marketing using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).  They mainly cater to realtors, builders and independent film production companies.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned commercial use of drones since 2007, but they recently lost a federal case against a commercial drone pilot, effectively making the commercial use legal. 

However, the FAA released this statement the following day:

"The FAA is appealing the decision of an NTSB Administrative Law Judge to the full National Transportation Safety Board, which has the effect of staying the decision until the Board rules. The agency is concerned that this decision could impact the safe operation of the national airspace system and the safety of people and property on the ground."

McClain says “our devices weigh anywhere from 2-5 pounds, so if there were a crash it wouldn’t harm anybody or harm any buildings in the surrounding area.”

The FAA is working on rules and regulations expected to be released in 2015, but it may be several years before they allow commercial drones to fly.

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