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Underground drone economy takes flight | USAToday.com

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Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos says in the future drones delivering packages will be as common as mail trucks. But for many entrepreneurs, the drone economy is already here.

 

"There are many people out there making extraordinary amounts of money," says Gene Robinson, who uses drones to help authorities with search and rescue missions. "You can even get liability insurance to operate now."

 

While the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't yet drafted regulations for the futuristic unmanned devices and limits their commercial use, some players have already plunged in:

 

Real estate specialist Manie Kohn uses drones to video luxury properties. Terence Reis flies them to photograph surfers. Brad Mathson monitors farmland in the Dakotas, while Ryan Kunde uses a drone to improve production at his vineyard.

 

Bezos thrust drones into the spotlight when he talked about his plans to use them to deliver packages on 60 Minutes Sunday night. But thanks to drones' ability to shoot aerial photos and video steadily and collect other data cheaply, they are already being used in many sectors, including movie making, sports, mining, oil and gas production and construction.

 

Most of the activity is outside the U.S. because of regulatory uncertainty. But there are a lot of U.S. drone operators who are either hobbyists, or who provide drone services for free or in return for donations. Business owners can also operate their own drones for their own benefit. And at times, money changes hands out of the FAA's gaze.

 

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The Democratic Alliance and South Africa’s 2014 elections @investorseurope Mauritius Stock Brokers

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Why Central African Republic #CAR is slipping close to #catastrophe

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Is the Central African Republic the world's next Rwanda? That's the question some are beginning to ask about a crisis that has been going on for most of this year but has only just burst through into the mainstream international mass media.

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South Africa: Kidnap, rape and murder of toddlers shocks Diepsloot

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Five men go on trial in South Africa, accused of the kidnap, rape and murder of two toddler girls in Diepsloot township near Johannesburg.
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