President Obama Heightens Call for Drone Rules

In the wake of the now infamous crashing of a private drone onto the White House lawn, President Obama, speaking from India where he is on a state visit, has heightened the call for new drone rules to be issued without much further delay.

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President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed harmlessly on the White House grounds shows that the U.S. must update its laws to manage the expanding frontier of commercial and consumer drones and ensure only good things come in these small packages. Read more here:

President Barack Obama repeated calls for commercial drone regulation after what he called a “Radio Shack”-quality unmanned aircraft landed on White House grounds earlier this week. “The drone that landed in the White House you buy in Radio Shack,” Obama said Tuesday in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in India.
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Without the updated official regulation, and with only a small number of companies given permission to fly their drones for inspection and aerial photography services so far, unpleasant incidents like this are surely bound to happen, providing untold risks. As the above news article (AP) says, the errant flight pointed to vulnerabilities in defending against small, low-flying threats as well as the risks, already becoming common, of hobbyist drones going astray in populated places or near airports.

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