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FAA to miss 'drones in US airspace' target

[WASHINGTON] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will miss a September 2015 deadline set by Congress to allow drones to fly throughout the nation's skies because of technical and regulatory obstacles that are unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, according to a government audit released on Monday.

The FAA is significantly behind schedule in drawing up rules and standards to ensure that drones are airworthy, that pilots are trained properly and that their aircraft won't interfere with other air traffic, the Transportation Department's inspector-general concluded in a highly critical audit. The report said the FAA still had to confront so many hurdles that it was unclear when - or if - remotely...

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