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SALT LAKE CITY -- New rules for drones are now in place, meaning businesses are clear for device takeoff, with special permission from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The rules do not require operators to have a pilot's license, but do require business owners to pass a background check, be at least 16-years-old and take a knowledge test.

The rules only apply to "commercial" flights, meaning pure hobbyists would not be subject to the same restrictions. The rules also do not address privacy concerns that some people have raised. But don't expect to see drones over Lavell Edwards or Rice-Eccles Stadiums this fall -- flying over crowds is still banned without a special FAA waiver.

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