"Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones by the media and public at large, are becoming more common in the skies above the U.S. and around the world. While initial awareness of this technology concentrated mostly on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) operations in various war theaters, public concerns for the use of UAS has steadily increased over the past decade. Today, the public's concerns have sharply focused on domestic UAS operations by the government, including federal, state and local law enforcement agencies around the country. At the same time, the agency responsible for ensuring the safety of U.S. air transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has become increasingly concerned about the rapid proliferation of small UAS throughout most communities. There is evidence of a significant increase in civilian use of small, inexpensive UAS by people and businesses that traditionally did not comply with FAA requirements."
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