Everyone knows by now that Americans aren't thrilled about the use of domestic drones. So if you're a government agency and decide to invest many thousands of taxpayer dollars on surveillance drones, it'd be good if you checked to see if you can actually fly them first.
Like it or not, drones are coming to America's skies—lots of them. By 2025, the government expects tens of thousands of drones to take flight, and it's scrambling to get the proper regulations in place. It's not off to a great start.
By now there's little doubt that drones are here to stay—not just for military use but also for civilian use. In fact, a new "drone census" shows that the number of commercial drone Certificates of Authorization is now almost equal to those from the military. And much of it is happening in California.