'Near Misses' Multiply As Drone Popularity Soars04:53
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Applewhite Aero president Paul Applewhite showed his wares last month at an industry conference in Warm Springs, Oregon. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)
Applewhite Aero president Paul Applewhite showed his wares last month at an industry conference in Warm Springs, Oregon. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

Judging from holiday advertising, lots of teenagers and grownups will find a drone under the Christmas tree this year. The increasing affordability and popularity of remotely piloted airplanes and choppers is already leading to conflict in the skies.

Earlier this week, the FAA provided the Northwest News Network with the descriptions of 193 close calls involving manned aircraft and small drones between this February and November.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Tom Banse of Northwest News Network reports the agency appears to be taking a light hand in enforcing drone flight rules.

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This segment aired on December 3, 2014.

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