Wichita drone enthusiasts say FAA needs to update policies

FAA Drones

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Interest in flying remote-controlled drones is growing in Kansas, where enthusiasts say it’s time for the Federal Aviation Administration to update its policies to accommodate what they believe is a revolutionary and profitable technology.

Personal drones mounted with cameras for recording aerial video footage can cost as little as $1,000, and their use is rising exponentially.

FAA guidelines limit use of unmanned aircraft systems such as drones for hobby or recreational purposes, while the rules for commercial operations are much more complicated.

FAA spokesman Les Dorr says the primary concern about drones is that they could potentially interfere with an already-crowded airspace if not regulated properly.

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