jan 8, 2006 - UAVs permitted in US civilians.
A year after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration authorizes the use of UAV drones in civilian airspace for the first time, in order to search for survivors of disasters. The Predator drone of the time, equipped with an infrared camera, was capable of detecting human heat signatures from a height as far as 10,000 feet. This is an interesting use of predator drone, because it was finally used for good. From then on people where able to use these to play with and have it as a hobby. RC planes, helicopters, quadcopters, etc... are now permited to civilians.
Benefits: Drones are now opened to people for good reasons, to help people. The drone was finally known for something other then murder, but actually saving peoples lives. Now the public will take on this new toy.
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