Widespread Use of Drones in Northeast Drilling May Start This Year

Question: What do you call a model airplane or model helicopter with a camera attached to it? Answer: A drone. We always find is fascinating to hear talk about “drones” in the news because it conjures an image of unmanned but nearly full-sized airplanes flying over Afghanistan looking for baddies like Osama. When if finds a baddie, the remote pilot flies that sucker with a bomb strapped to it into the ground, killing the target. Somewhere along the way “model airplane” got renamed “drone”–we suspect intentionally, to give you that mental imagery. Anywho…the Marcellus and Utica Shale industry would like to use “drones” to monitor pipelines and scout out locations for future drill pads, but the Federal Aviation Administration currently blocks most such activity. That may change this year…

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