WASHINGTON—The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) inspector general (IG) has initiated an audit of the FAA and industry program to provide timely, automated authorization of drone flights near airports. In a Nov. 8 memorandum, the IG said considering “given significant safety implications” of introducing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the airspace system, it has “self-initiated” an audit of the FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification ...

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