In an effort to ease restrictions on commercial drone use in the US, the Federal Aviation Administration for the first time has granted permission for a commercial drone to fly over land.

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A new viral video shows just how far DIY can go these days, forging a working quadcopter from

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The US Federal Aviation Administration grants its first commercial drone licence over US land to oil giant BP and drone firm AeroVironment to conduct aerial surveys of pipelines.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given oil giant BP permission to fly drones to conduct surveys in Alaska — the first time anyone has been allowed to fly unmanned vehicles over U.S. soil for commercial purposes.
BP will use an AeroVironment Puma AE to inspect its Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska, the largest oilfield in the country, according to the FAA’s press release published Tuesday
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“These surveys on Alaska’s North Slope are another important step toward broader commercial use of unmanned aircraft,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “The technology is quickly changing, and the opportunities are growing

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Drone flying may still be controversial (for reasons of privacy and safety) — but the inescapable truth is that it is also a lot of fun
There are few things quite like remotely controlling a flying device via your iPhone. Make the drone only a little bit bigger than your hand, and the fun actually doubles. That’s what I found with Parrot’s new Mini Drone, Rolling Spider.
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I recently piloted Parrot’s tiny flyer (known as the “Rolling Spider” because of the large wheels you can attach so it can roll up walls) and its Earth-bound drone cousin the Jumping SumoMashable first encountered these two toys at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, where Parrot reps did the flying as I jealously watched Read more.

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