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FAA works on domestic drone rules

WASHINGTON — The complicated business of integrating unmanned aircraft into US skies full of small planes and airliners will begin at six test sites and require several years of testing, the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday.

Twenty-four states — including Virginia and Maryland — have applied to host the testing sites, but the FAA has yet to determine where they will be. In presenting what it called a ‘‘road map’’ for the evolution of unmanned planes into the system, the FAA acknowledged it would take longer than Congress had hoped when it set a September 2015 deadline for granting them general access to the skies.

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Until testing is finished, the FAA was to grant flight privileges to unmanned aircraft operators on a case-by-case basis.

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