Trump takes one more step toward deregulating drones

Easing up on the consumer demands more research

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Drones are fun, useful tools of the trade, and as companies like Amazon emerge with innovative product delivery, we can all expect to see new rules and regulations. But not for another three years. Last week, however, President Trump signed a memo empowering the Department of Transportation to begin research on new commercial rules. But it's safe to say this research won't affect the recreational user as much as much as the commercial user. What it will do for hobbyists and pro-sumers is ease regulations on commercial applications -- like filming homes. Last year, drone regulations loosened even more on the permitting side when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stopped requiring a Section 333 waiver for flights. The 333 waiver was an application for commercial use -- something real estate agents photographing or filming houses would've been required to obtain. Since the image was being used to sell a product, the application was considered commercial. Hobbyists,...