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FAA Investigating The Daily’s Drone Use

The poor Daily. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. People just like finding things the iPad newspaper is doing wrong and then pointing them out. The latest? According to Forbes, the FAA is investigating The Daily’s drone that is used to take aerial photographs for news stories:

Taking footage for news-gathering purposes seemed like a commercial use of a drone, which is a no-no, as I understand it. I followed up with the FAA asking if News Corp was one of the companies with an experimental certificate. The inquiry got lobbed to the FAA’s legal department…

‘We are examining The Daily’s use of a small unmanned aircraft to see if it was in accordance with FAA policies,’ said Les Dorr in an email today. A Daily spokesperson has not yet responded to an inquiry about ownership and licensing of the company’s drone.

The problem is that the FAA doesn’t want just anyone using a flying robot that can take pictures from far distances. You can imagine – as Forbes notes – what would happen if the paparazzi was allowed to use one. That’s right – more pictures of Sad Keanu.

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