Machinery Chatter
Dan Miller Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Feb 23, 2015 04:01 PM CST

The commercial unmanned aircraft era is one big step closer. In mid-February, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-expected proposal for regulating small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The proposed rules establish flight procedures for UAS (also known as unmanned air vehicles -- UAVs) and simplify the criteria for certifying operators.

"We, in the United States, want to capture the potential of unmanned aircraft," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. "We have been working [on] the framework for the integration of this technology into the national airspace."

Safety is the first concern, Foxx said. The proposed rules are written ...

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