The Federal Aviation Administration appears to have balanced the need for establishing regulations protecting the airspace for commercial and government aircraft while not overburdening those who wish to use drones.

The new FAA rules for small unmanned aircraft will go into effect in August. In a Watertown Daily Times article published Monday, individuals who operate drones for business purposes said they would be able to comply with the government’s regulations.

Mickey D. Dietrich, president of the New York State GIS Association, said the new FAA regulations will affect the geographic information system industry. Using drones can provide nearly real-time mapping without having to use a full-size aircraft, he said.

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