With the prospect of thousands of unmanned aircraft flying around U.S. airspace beginning in 2015, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration pledged that new regulations are in the works to keep skies safe and protect people's privacy. The Los Angeles Times reports that opening the skies could be a potential boon for Southland drone makers such as AeroVironment Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp.

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