Ever since the Obama administration's FAA Modernization Act of 2012 cleared the way for commercial drones in the U.S., the FAA has been working to craft safety rules for private drone operators.
But to the growing frustration of drone lobbyists and several industry trade groups, the FAA is still more than a year away from releasing anything final. Until then, commercial entities like Amazon and Google are prohibited from operating or even testing their drones outdoors.
The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, which represents the drone industry, has sharply criticized the agency for moving too slowly to get the rules out.
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