Local News
5:01 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

State Budget Creates Pathway For Drones In NC

N.C. State students prepare a drone for flight in Hyde County. The university's NextGen Air Transportation Center is the only public entity in the state currently authorized to fly unmanned vehicles.
Credit NextGen Air Transportation Center

Buried deep and overlooked in the fight over the state’s 260-page budget is one provision that could have a profound effect on North Carolina’s skies: Lawmakers created a pathway for drone use to take off in North Carolina. 

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Local News
3:23 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Federal Judge Overturns FAA Drone Ban, As NC Lawmakers Consider Usage

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

3/11/14 Update: The FAA has appealed the judge's decision to the full National Transportation Safety Board. The appeal also has the effect of staying the judge's decision.

Some unmanned flying vehicles, or drones, can be used commercially in the U.S., after a federal judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration cannot enforce its current policy. The agency has banned commercial drone use.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Concord Company Uses Drones, In A Sign Of Things To Come

A view of Uptown taken above Fifth Third Bank, by an Aerial Captures drone.
Credit Aerial Captures

Drones are most well known for their military use, but in the near future unmanned flying contraptions may dust our crops, deliver us pizza, and become another technology that fades into the background of our lives.

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