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Illustration on the FAA ban on flights to Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on the FAA ban on flights to Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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In this photo June 7, 2014, photo released by BP Alaska, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology using an AeroVironment Puma drone is given a pre-flight checkout in preparation for flights by BP at its Prudhoe Bay, Alaska operations. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft. The federal effort to provide drones regular access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and won't meet a September 2015 deadline set by Congress, said a report released June 30 by a government watchdog. A report by the Transportation Department's inspector general says the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't figured out what kind of technology unmanned aircraft should use to avoid crashing into other planes. (AP Photo/BP Alaska)

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"We can get this done," Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat, said Monday of efforts to resolve the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. But Republicans later blocked a bipartisan plan to settle the funding issue, making a standoff a possibility until September. (Associated Press)

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Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta and Pan Pacific Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Range Complex director Ro Bailey answer questions at a press conference at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Monday, May 5, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Huerta announced that the FAA has authorized unmanned aircraft test flights at UA Fairbanks. The university is one of six locations picked for research into into integrating drones into U.S. airspace (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

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Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta and Pan Pacific Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Range Complex director Ro Bailey answer questions at a press conference at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Monday, May 5, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Huerta announced that the FAA has authorized unmanned aircraft test flights at UA Fairbanks. The university is one of six locations picked for research into into integrating drones into U.S. airspace (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

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FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, one of several small drones designed for use by law enforcement and first responders is shown at University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D. The Federal Aviation Administration says North Dakota's unmanned aircraft system test site is ready for operations. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta signed the certificate during a visit to the state Monday, April 21, 2014. North Dakota's test site is part of a new aerospace and business complex at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The FAA says the main goal of the state's initial operations is to show that drones can check soil quality and the status of crops in some areas. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Dan Gunderson, File)

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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Huerta is scheduled to visit Grand Forks, N.D., April 21, 2014, to review North Dakota's growing unmanned aircraft industry. He will then go to Williston to get a firsthand look at airport infrastructure needs in the western oil patch, according to the state's congressional delegation. The FAA late last year named North Dakota as one of six states that will be test sites for integrating drones into civilian airspace. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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FILE - This Feb. 17, 2014 file photo shows a remote controlled model aircraft flying over the Washington Nationals spring training baseball workout in Viera, Fla. The Federal Aviation Administration bars commercial use of drones no matter how seemingly benign. Officials say rules to address the special safety challenges associated with unmanned aircraft need to be in place before they can share the sky with manned aircraft and final regulations could be years away. But tempting technology and an eager marketplace are outrunning the aviation agency's best intentions. Photographers, real estate agents, moviemakers, and others are hurrying to embrace the technology.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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FILE - This Feb. 17, 2014 file photo shows a remote controlled model aircraft flying over the Washington Nationals spring training baseball workout in Viera, Fla. The Federal Aviation Administration bars commercial use of drones no matter how seemingly benign. Officials say rules to address the special safety challenges associated with unmanned aircraft need to be in place before they can share the sky with manned aircraft and final regulations could be years away. But tempting technology and an eager marketplace are outrunning the aviation agency's best intentions. Photographers, real estate agents, moviemakers, and others are hurrying to embrace the technology.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announces that government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music _ but not make cellphone calls. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announces that government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music _ but not make cellphone calls. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)