New FAA rules may hit recreational drone flyers

New York

AMERICANS shopping for toy remote- controlled airplanes or helicopters may find, some time in the near future, that they come with unexpected accessories: a raft of new regulations.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), by the end of the month, is expected to propose new rules governing small unmanned aircraft systems, the first major overhaul of its drone policy.

The agency is closely guarding details, saying only that the rules will cover a wide range of users flying aircraft or drones weighing 55 pounds (25 kilogrammes) or less.

But legal and policy experts who have advised the FAA and lobbied on drone regulations said they predict the new regulations will include restrictions on...

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