Droning on

Longtime readers know I’m interested in aerial drones with video ability. This is sad news on that front:

The University of Missouri’s Drone Journalism Program has learned that it takes more than an aircraft, a camera and some open space to experiment with new newsgathering technology.

The Federal Aviation Administration sent a letter in July directing the program to stop flying until it obtains a Certificate of Authorization to use drones. A similar letter was sent to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln drone program.

“I wouldn’t say we are grounded, but I would say we are not flying outdoors,” said Scott Pham, director of the MU program. “Indoor flying is still legal, and we will do that for testing.”

But if you’re looking to chip in on a Christmas gift …

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