FAA looks into News Corp’s Daily drone

August 5, 2011 | Source: Forbes

A small drone used for news footage (credit: Creative Commons)

The News Corp’s The Daily has sent out a drone a few times to cover storms and flooding in Alabama and North Dakota.

While current FAA regulations may prohibit the use of drones for news gathering, the agency is planning to revisit — and possibly relax — those regulations this year, potentially making it easier for private companies to use drones.

The state of Oklahoma has taken steps to provide an 80 mile stretch for the military, hobbyists, and others to operate drones in U.S. airspace.