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Trump OKs drone test program
Directive would increase government, commercial flights
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In this Jan. 5 file photo, an exhibitor demonstrates a drone flight at CES International, in Las Vegas. White House officials said Trump will sign a memorandum Wednesday permitting states, localities and tribes to craft their own pilot programs to test drones. - photo by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Americans could see a lot more drones flying around their communities as the result of a Trump administration test program to increase government and commercial use of the unmanned aircraft.President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead Wednesday, signing a directive intended to increase the number and complexity of drone flights.The presidential memo would allow exemptions from current safety rules so communities could move ahead with testing of drone operations.States, communities and tribes selected to participate would devise their own trial programs in partnership with government and industry drone users. The administration anticipates approving at least five applications, but there is no limit on the number of communities that can join.The Federal Aviation Administration would review each program. The agency would grant waivers, if necessary, to rules that now restrict drone operations.
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