Engineers and hobbyists in the aviation industry have been using drones to test flight systems and to test equipment in the last year.
They’re also using them to help solve problems.
Photographer: Matt Dunham/Bloomberg NewsThe drones are also proving to be a boon for pilots and air traffic controllers.
A 2014 study by AirNav, an industry research firm, found that drone flight safety has been improved by as much as 40 percent when a pilot or controller is able to land safely.
But the technology is also being used by other industries to make things faster, cheaper and more accurate.
For instance, a drone can help the National Weather Service predict when the next storm is coming, a task that is much harder when you’re flying at 30,000 feet.
The technology has also been used to help track down rogue operators.
Last year, a man in Illinois was convicted of trying to steal $1 million worth of drones from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA said he was a thief because the drones are designed to take off and land at the wrong places.
The drone industry has been in the news recently because of a drone crash in China that killed three people.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it found evidence that a drone used to monitor a flight at Beijing’s airport crashed in a residential neighborhood, killing two people.
In March, a passenger drone crashed in New York City’s Hudson River.
An operator of the drone had been flying it at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
The NTSB said it would investigate the crash and whether there are any lessons to be learned.