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News Corporation is under investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration for use of an unmanned plane, or drone, to film areas of the U.S.Kashmir Hill of Forbes reports hobbyists are allowed to fly unmanned aircraft as long as they stay below 400 feet, and it’s not for commercial use.
Different rules apply to corporations, of course — before a drone takes flight, the corporation must be granted an airworthiness certificate, and there are currently only 18 such certificates active.
The FAA hasn’t said if News Corporation is one of the companies that holds one, but given that it’s looking into how the drone is being used, we’re inclined to think it isn’t. It previously used its drone, an MD4-1000, to capture video footage of flooding in North Dakota and severe storms in Alabama. As a news corporation, those certainly sound like commercial endeavours.
In the meantime, check out the video below to see what the MD4-1000 drone looks like in action: