U.S. Forest Service drops plans to use drones in Montana, north Idaho

By | May 26, 2013

Bob Chaney of the Missoulian reports that the U.S. Forest Service says it has no drone aircraft, but plenty of other people have little UFOs buzzing over the trees in western Montana. Last week, Forest Service officials said they’ve dropped plans to use unmanned aerial systems – commonly known as drones – to survey forest fires because of clashes with Federal Aviation Administration rules. While some national forest firefighters in Alaska touted the remote-control planes’ ability to map forest fires in thick smoke, their legality proved a limitation.    Read the full article here.

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