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FAA grounds L.A. sheriff's drone air force

By Lynn Doan and Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writers

The Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily shot down Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's plans to launch unmanned surveillance drones to monitor crime.

The Sheriff's Department has been working for seven years with a defense contractor to build SkySeer, a 3-foot-long remote-controlled model airplane with a 6 1/2 -foot wingspan and tiny video cameras that can fit in the back of a patrol car when disassembled.

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