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76 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 J A R P 5 / 1 2 3 R F "Anybody who believes drones are not coming is kidding themselves. They're here." Mark Dombroff • Attorney and drone hobbyist Here Come the Drones approved nearer term, says attorney Mark Dombroff, co-chair of the UAS Practice Group at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in McLean, Virginia, and a drone hobbyist. "Anybody who believes drones are not coming is kidding them- selves," he says. "They're here." Dombroff, who started his legal career as an FAA trial attorney, has clients lining up to seek government permission to use drones. Among them: A big insurance company that wants to use camera- equipped drones for conducting risk and catastrophe assessment. Applications for drone use in areas that are not heavily populated stand the best chance of approval, Dombroff says. "It will be a very long time before the FAA approves pizza or beer delivery using drones," he says. All of which is fine for those simply using their drones for fun. The little whirlybirds are still enough of a curiosity to attract onlookers and spark conversations. "One neat thing is how many people approach me when I am flying," says Wellesley's Harsch. "It's a bit like having a puppy, although the demographics of the folks who approach me may be a bit different."

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