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Dr. Gregory McNeal Discusses Future of American Drones | NPR On Point

February 23, 2015  | 1 min read

All-American Drones

New rules for drones proposed by the FAA. Amazon’s not happy. We’ll look at the American drone future.

New rules proposed last week for small drones – 55 pounds and under – in America.  For the kinds of buzzing, hovering, little workhorses that are suddenly showing up all over the country, the culture, even – uninvited – on the White House lawn.  The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing only “within sight” use.  Within 500 feet of the operator.  Enough to do a lot of cool or unnerving things – depending on how you look at it.  Not enough for Amazon to send your new purchase by drone.  Amazon’s pushing back.  We’ve got their lobbyist, and more.  This hour On Point: the future of drones in America.

– Tom Ashbrook


Guests

  • Jack Nicas, aviation reporter for The Wall Street Journal. (@jacknicas)
  • Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Coalition. Senior policy advisor at the Akin Gump Law Firm. (@michaeldrobac)
  • Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University. (@gregorymcneal)