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An Amazon drone carrying a package.

New regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will require most U.S. drones to broadcast a radio signal identifying themselves and their locations.

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New regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will require most U.S. drones to broadcast a radio signal identifying them and their location.

The regulations represent the most significant regulatory expansion for drone capabilities since the devices first started trickling into civilian markets starting about a decade ago.

The FAA also is establishing four tiers of drones capable of flying over people, ranging from lightweight devices with no exposed propellers to sophisticated craft that require the same FAA approvals for reliability as full-size aircraft.

The FAA will also require licensed drone pilots to pass a knowledge test on flying after dark.

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