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Google wants control of low-level airspace

Google wants to define rules on the use of airspace below 500ft, so that their Project Wing delivery drones can operate without collision with other aircraft.

The proposal calls for low-altitude airspace used by any craft in flight, including emergency helicopters, commercial craft, drone other aircraft hobbysists, to continously transmit their identification and position to an Airspace Service Provider, which would then be monitored by computer.

Dave Vos, head of the Google Wing Project, says that the low-altitude airspace is largely unregulated and urges that there is “a lot of business to be done there by using drones for package delivery and other services”.

His request would take the airspace away from air traffic control authorities which would have an immediate effect on Class G airspace.

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