July 3, 2012
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Actually, it’s a drone.
And now those unmanned aircraft, best known for being used by the U.S. to kill terrorism suspects  overseas, have a new state-of-the-art feature: a code of conduct.
The trade group for companies that make and operate drones has issued the code partly, at least, in response to privacy concerns. That’s because these gizmos don’t just target Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan; they’re used domestically for everything from law enforcement  to crop-dusting.
“The emergence of unmanned aircraft systems represents one of the most significant advancements to aviation, the scientific community, and public service since the beginning of flight,” Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, said in a statement Monday on the group’s website . “With a commitment to safety, professionalism and respect, we can ensure unmanned aircraft are integrated responsibly into civil airspace.”