Since Terry Kilby founded his drone photography company in Owings Mills four years ago, he says, he has been careful to follow the labyrinthine process to get permission from federal authorities to fly legally.
The process was so frustrating, he says, some companies decided to ignore the rules — making it harder for law-abiding entrepreneurs to compete.
But by the end of the summer, those headaches should be swept away. On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced the first rules to allow the commercial use of small drones.
"We're looking forward to having everybody on the same playing field," Kilby said.
The Federal Aviation Administration rules,...