The proliferation of inexpensive and efficient drone aircraft prompted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to take action several years ago. The first official government regulations for drone aircraft were heavy-handed, but there are some indications the rules could be eased. The Department of Transportation has announced 10 new projects as part of the FAA’s Integration Pilot Program. These tests, which involve local governments and businesses, will help evaluate an expanded role for drones that don’t have to follow the strict rules. Some of the companies involved include FedEx, Google, and Uber. Conspicuously absent: Amazon.
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