Texas search group, FAA, at odds over drone use

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas-based group of volunteers involved in searches for missing persons around the nation has run afoul of federal aviation authorities for using drones in their work.

A fleet of four unmanned aircraft used by Texas EquuSearch has been grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration until the agency develops rules that allow for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. Congress has given the FAA until the end of next year to do so.

Texas EquuSearch claim its drones are not used for commercial purposes and therefore should not be subject to the restrictions.

Group founder Tim Miller says an attorney involved in drone litigation is working on a lawsuit to challenge the ban.

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