WASHINGTON - U.S. aviation regulators are talking to drone makers and service providers about testing commercial drones that can fly beyond an operator's visual line of sight, currently banned for safety reasons, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.
Wind measurement towers put up ahead of planned wind farm projects are drawing concerns from crop dusters in South Dakota who say they blend in with the landscape. Crop duster Brian Hauschild said the main problem with the towers is they have no markings.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the number of hours flown by crop dusters climbed 29 percent between 2003 and 2007 to more than 1.4 million. The surge in demand is mainly in the Midwest and tied closely to the region's hallmark crops — corn and soybeans.
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