Episode 541: Who Owns The Air? : Planet Money Aviation companies want to fly drones along your street and over your backyard. But legally they may not have the right. You own your house, but what about the space above it?
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Episode 541: Who Owns The Air?

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Episode 541: Who Owns The Air?

Episode 541: Who Owns The Air?

Episode 541: Who Owns The Air?

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By Flying Eye (Own work)
A drone made by a hobbyist.
By Flying Eye (Own work)

Tons of entrepreneurs have come up with clever ways to make money using little drones: farmers, who want to spot aphids on their soybean plants; ranchers trying to find lost cows; crews wanting to film shiny cars cruising on windy roads. There's just this one little problem – according to the Federal Aviation Administration – all these people- they are breaking the law.

Today on the show: drones are proliferating, but who owns the air? If you buy a house, you know you own the ground. But what about the space above it? Who exactly, owns that?

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