FAA chief won't stand in the way of unmanned aerial vehicles

Agency will change to allow technological development and will help promote the new crafts

By Ben Wolfgang
The Washington Times

LAS VEGAS — For the Federal Aviation Administration, regulating the skies is about to get much more complicated.

The FAA's acting administrator, Michael P. Huerta, told drone industry leaders gathered in Las Vegas on Tuesday that the agency is poised to "realign" itself to prepare for the coming explosion of unmanned aerial vehicles.

They're now available only to military and law enforcement, but the FAA will begin granting personal and commercial licenses in 2015. It estimates that there could be as many as 30,000 drones flying above the U.S. by 2020.

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