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New FAA regulations allow widespread usage of commercial drones

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

The FAA has opened the gates for widespread usage of commercial drones. 

Many in Alabama and Georgia are hoping once their businesses are buzzing, they'll also start booming. 

Some experts predict the drone industry will generate tens of billions dollars in revenue and create at least 100,000 jobs. 

The new FAA rules mandate drones must be under 55 pounds, fly within sight of the operator, can't fly higher than 400 feet or faster than 100 miles per hour, and must stay at least five miles away from an airport. 

The drones will also play an important part in academics at schools such as Auburn University. 

“It's going to allow us to expand our research efforts,” said Bill Hutto, director of the Auburn Aviation Center. “The private pilot requirement before was somewhat of a hindrance to research. Now that that's no longer an issue, many of our researchers can get out now and do some long-awaited research in many different areas and files that Auburn is involved with.” 

Those new FAA rules will go into effect in August. 

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