The latest in drone and robotics technology was on display recently at the world's largest unmanned systems exhibition in Washington, D.C. California-based AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV), which makes unmanned aircraft systems, displayed several of its drones.

Motley Fool analysts Rex Moore and Blake Bos were at the conference, and chatted with AeroVironment's Dave Heidel. There may be misconceptions about the types of drones the general public will be able to own by 2015, when the FAA will begin allowing restricted use in U.S. airspace. Joe Sixpack may be able to operate small, limited capability "drones," but nothing like the hand-launched, heavy-duty aircraft that AeroVironment makes. In this installment of a multi-part series, Dave explains who can -- and cannot -- fly his company's products.