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The FAA is completely confused about what constitutes “commercial” drone use

March 19, 2015, Slate

Covington's Brian Smith is quoted regarding commercial drone use:

The broad definition of “commercial” in the context of drone flying likely has a lot to do with the confusion as well. “The FAA has traditionally adopted a very broad view of activities that constitute commercial operations,” says lawyer Brian D. Smith of Covington & Burling LLP. “In short, receiving anything of value is considered compensation. When traditional regulatory interpretations designed for aircraft are applied to drones, it often leads to very strange results.”

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