House Panel OKs Micro-Drone Amendment

The amendment, offered by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) would create a category of drones under 4.4 pounds, which would exempt operators from testing requirements of aeronautical knowledge, age limits and airworthiness certifications. The goal is to allow users such as news operations to use small drones for newsgathering without the licensing requirements currently required by the FAA. If passed into law, the provision would allow newsrooms to begin deploying drones more quickly.