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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain demonstrates the use of his commercial drone on July 31, 2014. Terrice McClain is the owner of Sky Pros, which uses commercial drones to shoot promotional videos primarily for real estate. Charlotte-area businesses are using commercial drones despite certain FAA regulations that do not allow them. Commercial drones could have huge economic impact in Charlotte and the rest of North Carolina - if the FAA approves them.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain demonstrates the use of his commercial drone on July 31, 2014. Terrice McClain is the owner of Sky Pros, which uses commercial drones to shoot promotional videos primarily for real estate. Charlotte-area businesses are using commercial drones despite certain FAA regulations that do not allow them. Commercial drones could have huge economic impact in Charlotte and the rest of North Carolina - if the FAA approves them.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain of Sky Pros gets his commercial drone ready for a flight, doing a pre-flight inspection from the back of his vehicle,on July 31, 2014. McClain is the owner of Sky Pros, which uses commercial drones to shoot promotional videos primarily for real estateCharlotte-area businesses are using commercial drones despite certain FAA regulations that do not allow them. Commercial drones could have huge economic impact in Charlotte and the rest of North Carolina - if the FAA approves them.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain gets his commercial drone ready for a flight, doing a pre-flight inspection from the back of his vehicle,on July 31, 2014.
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    Example of video shot by a drone from the Nowsay video productions company. Dominic Sansotta of Nowsay says the video productions company uses drones to offer a new perspective by capturing a subject from above. ÒItÕs drawn a lot of attention and clients,Ó he said.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain gets his commercial drone ready for a flight, doing a pre-flight inspection from the back of his vehicle,on July 31, 2014.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain gets his commercial drone ready for a flight on July 31, 2014.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain gets his commercial drone ready for a flight on July 31, 2014. Terrice McClain is the owner of Sky Pros, which uses commercial drones to shoot promotional videos primarily for real estate.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain gets his commercial drone ready for a flight on July 31, 2014. Terrice McClain is the owner of Sky Pros, which uses commercial drones to shoot promotional videos primarily for real estate. Charlotte-area businesses are using commercial drones despite certain FAA regulations that do not allow them.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain demonstrates how the GoPro camera on his commercial drone stays stable and gives smooth footage as the device moves on July 31, 2014.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain demonstrates how the GoPro camera on his commercial drone stays stable and gives smooth footage as the device moves on July 31, 2014.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Terrice McClain demonstrates how the GoPro camera on his commercial drone stays stable and gives smooth footage as the device moves on July 31, 2014. Terrice McClain is the owner of Sky Pros, which uses commercial drones to shoot promotional videos primarily for real estate.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Detail of the GoPro camera onTerrice McClain's commercial drone.
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    Rachel Adams-Heard - radamsheard@charlotteobserver.com
    Drones can range from the size of a tennis ball to that of a plane. Charles Pierre holds a protoX, which costs $39 at Helicopter Hobbies in Matthews.
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    Rachel Adams-Heard - radamsheard@charlotteobserver.com
    The DJI S1000 is the biggest drone available at Helicopter Hobbies in Matthews. Owner Charles Pierre says the vehicle costs $15,000.
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    Example of video shot by a drone from the Nowsay video productions company. Dominic Sansotta of Nowsay says the video productions company uses drones to offer a new perspective by capturing a subject from above. ÒItÕs drawn a lot of attention and clients,Ó he said.
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    Example of video shot by a drone from the Nowsay video productions company. Dominic Sansotta of Nowsay says the video productions company uses drones to offer a new perspective by capturing a subject from above. “It’s drawn a lot of attention and clients,” he said.
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