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The FAA will require more stringent pilot requirements than it has imposed on other commercial operators to ensure they understand the potential risks of flying at night. (Photo: iStock)

(Bloomberg) – U.S. aviation regulators have granted the first approval for commercial drone flights at night in the latest example of the expanding uses of unmanned aircraft.

Industrial Skyworks USA, a Maumee, Ohio-based company that uses drones for industrial inspections, had been in talks with the Federal Aviation Administration for more than a year in an attempt to convince the aviation agency that it could operate safely after dark.

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