As Drone Use Increases, Concerns Over Regulation Surface

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The use of drones is growing by leaps and bounds,  moving from mere curiosity, to outdoor hobby, to business opportunity.

But there are concerns that the regulation of drones isn’t keeping pace.

Rob Haller navigates drones on behalf of his company, StLouisdrones.net.

Their website includes a long list of possible uses, including land appraisal, damage assessment for insurance purposes, wildlife management and even planning a new golf course.

“We do fit a niche, it’s not going to solve every problem but it’s opening some new, interesting markets, really,” Haller says.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says the problem is that drone usage is outstripping regulations on how they’re being used.

“How the government comes in to regulate the private sector is going to be a challenge,” she says.

It wasn’t until earlier this month that the FAA even began the process of drafting drone regulationsand those won’t be ready for review until later this year.

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