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June 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday that it is considering lifting the ban on commercial uses of small drone aircraft for seven companies who wish to use them for filming. The FAA had previously turned a deaf ear toward the film and TV industries who have wished to use tiny, camera-mounted drones for their productions. But the FAA has maintained that such use poses risk to passenger aircraft which could be disabled if the tiny drones were sucked up into a jet engine. Only last month the agency reported that a drone had nearly collided with a commercial aircraft. Some of the companies that have been subject to the ban have reportedly ignored it — and the FAA and local authorities have ignored them. In a statement on Monday, the MPAA said, “This new tool for storytellers will allow for creative and exciting aerial shots.”