The FAA on May 16 announced changes to operating rules for recreational drones, including a requirement that hobbyists obtain prior authorization from the agency before flying their aircraft in controlled airspace near airports. The changes, specified by Congress in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, replace a provision of 2012 reauthorization legislation known as the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, which prohibited the FAA from regulating recreational drones. President Donald Trump ...

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