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The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $1.9 million fine against an aerial photography company the agency says took 65 unauthorized flights using drones.

Commercial Drone Industry Expands In Jacksonville

Jun 4, 2015
Bonnie Zerr / WJCT News

Aviation Systems Engineering Co. in Jacksonville will launch its commercial unmanned systems, or drone, program on June 15.

The FAA gave ASEC approval to use drones for commercial use in May.

There are several ways to utilize drones other than for military operations. Alternative uses include film production, agricultural monitoring and finding victims in search and rescue missions.

We speak with Brent Klavon, Program Manager with the Jacksonville-based company Aviation Systems Engineering, about the commercial applications and regulations for unmanned aviation vehicles, commonly known as drones. The Federal Aviation Administration recently granted the company an exemption to use drones for commercial and industrial purposes.

On a recent March morning, the students in Debbie Capple’s class sat in a circle in the center of the classroom. Capple held a card with the word “green.”

“Somebody help me with the green,” she asked, surveying the circle for traces of the color.

Monday was the first full day of cost-saving furloughs for nearly 15,000 Federal Aviation Administration employees. While weather seemed to be a factor in many flight delays, Florida Governor Rick Scott isn't taking any chances. 

This week, Scott published an open letter to President Barack Obama decrying the federal budget cuts that have led to fewer air traffic control workers on duty.

Here's the text of the letter, which is available on the governor's website: