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Nevada businesses addressing drone privacy concerns

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Perfect Shots Productions co-founder Brandon Loska sets up an unmanned aerial device. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5) Perfect Shots Productions co-founder Brandon Loska sets up an unmanned aerial device. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5)

Drones are expected to be a billion-dollar industry in Nevada, but privacy is priceless.

Some local businesses are already using the unmanned aircraft.

Perfect Shot Productions is a photography and videography company that has been using a drone for four months.

Co-founders Brett Kanda and Brandon Loska said they took classes and were certified in safety and privacy matters before they began using the drone.

"We have just infinite possibility with this thing," Kanda said. "We have permission everywhere we go to film. We don't fly in public spaces without permission."

The FAA recently named Nevada as one of six testing sites in the nation for the commercial use of drones. Shipping companies have expressed interest in using them to drop packages off at customers' doors.

"That might be a little weird for people. I don't know how they're going to do that," Las Vegan Colette Smith said.

Smith said her bigger concern is drones buzzing around while she's driving.

"There's already a lot of stuff out there that we have to watch out for. So now we're going to have to watch out for flying drones when we're driving our car," she said.

Las Vegan Paul Ventimiglia doesn't believe it will get to that point.

"I just don't think that there's a system that's going to be efficient where they can actually deliver packages to your home with a drone," he said.

As for Loska and Kanda, a drone is already paying dividends for their business.

"We want to show off the amazing pictures that we can get, the amazing videos that we can capture," Kanda said.

The Governor's Office of Economic Development played a major role in bringing the industry to Nevada. Drone testing in our state could start as soon as May.

One test site is the Boulder City Municipal Airport with another located at the Nevada National Security Site. There are two more in northern Nevada.

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