FAA Grounds Midwest Journalism School Drones
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CREATED Aug. 23, 2013
Columbia, MO / Lincoln, NE - Two journalism schools in the Midwest, including the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, can no longer fly their news-gathering drones.
The federal agency that oversees air travel has temporarily grounded drone use by researchers at UNL and the University of Missouri in Columbia.
The schools were testing the flying robots as aerial photographers and video recorders from difficult-to-reach news scenes.
But the Federal Aviation Administration ordered the universities to stop flying until they get government authorization for drone use.
The crackdown comes as more unmanned drones move from the battlefield to civilian and commercial use.