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The Associated Press reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has "given rare approval to farmers to use drones large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides. The drone developed by Yamaha Corp. U.S.A. is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds."
KC's View:
If those same drones could be multi-tasked so that they also deliver products to some of those hard-to-reach rural locations, would this be the modern equivalent of backhauling?

Y'know, it wasn't that long ago that the FAA seemed intransigent about drone usage. But these days, it seems to far more malleable, agreeing to tests and exceptions that seem to take the whole concept of commercial drone deliveries a lot closer to everyday reality.