FAA rules impede use of UAVs to fight wildfires

05/22/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Firefighters are grappling with regulations on how to use unmanned aerial vehicles to respond to wildfires. Federal Aviation Administration rules do not allow unmanned aerial systems, also known as UASs, to fly when a ground-based pilot cannot see them. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said the process of getting approvals for UAS use is "frustrating"; the FAA, meanwhile, has said it is looking at out-of-sight UAV use requirements.

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