The growing uses of drones, or pilotless aircraft, by the military is well known on the battlefront. But now drone operators and manufacturers are putting pressure on the Federal Aviation Administration to approve their use for a variety of differen civilian missions. The FAA has started a two-year study of how to integrate them into the air-traffic control system.The AP's Washington transportation writer, Joan Lowy, has a good story on the developments and it can be found here.

UPDATE: I forgot earlier that Inquirer aviation reporter Linda Loyd had a good article last week about the FAA testing two pilotless drones at its Atlantic City test center. Her story includes some of the same information in the AP story above.