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FAA rolls out rules for commercial drones: 'It will open up a lot of possibilities'

FAA rolls out rules for commercial drones: 'It will open up a lot of possibilities'

New drone rules from the Federal Aviation Administration limit small unmanned commercial aircraft to 55 pounds and require that they be used in daylight in most cases, but also give operators a way to fly higher than under initial regulations.

The final rules, made public Tuesday, help govern a now-nascent industry that the FAA, citing industry forecasts, said could become an $82 billion business with more than 100,000 jobs over the next decade. The rules are needed so the remote-controlled drones can co-exist in the skies with commercial airplanes.

The FAA already had given special permission for more than 6,000 drones to be used while it worked on the rules.

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