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FAA official: No armed drones in U.S.
Posted By admin On February 14, 2013 @ 5:47 am In Featured Stories,Tile,World News | Comments Disabled
Washington Times 
Feb 14, 2013
An official with the Federal Aviation Administration  reassured the public Wednesday that no armed drones will be permitted in U.S. airspace, but he acknowledged the agency can do little about privacy fears associated with the unmanned craft.
In an address to the drone-industry’s leading trade group, which is meeting this week in Northern Virginia, Jim Williams  said existing rules already bar aircraft from using weapons and “we don’t have any plans of changing [those rules] for unmanned aircraft.”
“We currently have rules in the books that deal with releasing anything from an aircraft, period. Those rules are in place and that would prohibit weapons from being installed on a civil aircraft,” said Mr. Williams , who heads the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office , formed last year to shepherd drones into already-crowded American skies and integrate drone use with the manned-aircraft system.
The FAA  has cited “privacy concerns” as one reason it has fallen behind the congressionally mandated integration schedule, but Mr. Williams  said the agency actually can’t do much of anything about those fears.
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 Jim Williams: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/jim-williams/
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