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Unauthorized Drone Operations

Last month the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that there has been an increase of reports from pilots concerning drones operated near airplanes and helicopters. According to the FAA, there have been more than 650 sightings of drones by plane and helicopter pilots this year, including sightings by pilots of large commercial aircraft above 10,000 feet. The unauthorized operation of drones is illegal and subject to civil and criminal penalties. For additional information on drones, please contact Greg Kunkle (

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  • Although non-military drones are unlikely to carry any kind of heavy, conventional weaponry and bombs, they certainly could be used to carry and deliver anthrax "packages", and all manner of nasty chemical and biological weapons.

    Scary. And not just "terrorists", but any nutcase with a grudge against society.