Drone pilots may have to wait until 2017 for FAA rules

'Technological, regulatory and management challenges' to blame for delay

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Real estate agents and marketers who fly drones to capture aerial photos and video of properties may have had their fingers crossed that the FAA would establish new rules governing the commercial use of unmanned aircraft next year. But testimony from federal officials at a recent congressional hearing suggests there's little chance of that happening. Gerald Dillingham, the director of civil aviation for the Government Accountability Office, told a congressional House panel that the “consensus of opinion” is that the "integration of unmanned systems" won't occur until 2017 or later, meaning that the FAA is almost certain to miss a September 2015 deadline for finalizing drone rules, The Verge reported. The delays are due to "technological, regulatory and management challenges," Matthew Hampton, the Department of Transportation's assistant inspector general for aviation audits, told lawmakers, according to The Verge. Hearing on drones held Wednesday by the House Tra...