Seven aerial photo and video production companies have asked for
regulatory exemptions, facilitated by the Motion Picture
Association of America, the Federal Aviation Administration said
in a release.
The agency cited "tangible economic benefits" that could result
from the move, but said it would act to make sure safety issues
associated with drone use were mitigated.
Media companies are among the commercial groups not allowed
under current FAA rules, but tens of thousands of drones are
already in use in the United States, often flouting federal
restrictions, for a wide range of tasks from farming to film
Their use has raised privacy and safety concerns. The FAA last
month highlighted a case where a drone nearly collided with a
passenger plane near a Florida airport.
The FAA has issued a number of exemptions, including to law
enforcement, and has said it is "working aggressively to ensure
the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the
(Reporting by Ros Krasny and Alwyn Scott; Editing by Bill Trott)
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