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Howard drone users search for opportunity as 'the skies open'

Howard drone users search for opportunity as 'the skies open'

Armed with a cheap motor, a flimsy flight controller and a subpar battery from Hobbyking — an online Chinese retailer — Toby Dilworth began toying with drones.

He piloted YouTube tutorials, but it took him two months to get his first drone into the sky.

Two years later, Dilworth, now 18 and an incoming University of Maryland freshman, has made a business out of what was once a passing hobby, entering an increasingly popular industry where recent federal regulations could open up the door to even more commercial drone users.

His business partners — his next door neighbor, certified flight instructor Greg Phelps, and Phelps' friend, Brent Rutley, a...

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