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Some Want Drones Relabeled


Oregon is considering new laws to regulate unmanned aircraft.  Greg Marshall, with a remote control aircraft club in Portland, told lawmakers that calling them "drones" is wrong- they should be referred to as unmanned aircraft, which is what they are know internationally.  The unmanned aircraft industry is booming in Oregon.  There are 84 companies designing all types of planes.  Some that a realtor could use to photograph your house to larger aircraft that could be used in emergency situations to locate lost hikers or map a forest fire.  Besides concerns about over regulation; lawmakers also heard how liability laws could shut down the use of the aircraft.


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