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FAA Lectures Man Over Drone Use at Lollapalooza

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CHICAGO (AP) — Officials of the Federal Aviation Administration say charges won’t be filed against a man who used an unmanned aircraft to transmit videos of the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago’s Grant Park.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory says FAA investigators watched the videos of Lollapalooza posted on a website. She said Friday that officials talked to person who operated the unmanned craft about applicable laws, regulations and requirements in operating unmanned aircraft.

Cory says anyone who wants to fly a manned or unmanned aircraft in U.S. airspace needs “some level” of authorization from the FAA.

The FAA has operating standards for such aircraft, including that none should be flown over spectators, unless the device has been properly tested. Nor should it be flown higher than 400 feet above the ground.

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