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What You Need to Know: Coming FAA Drone Technology Regs

What You Need to Know: Coming FAA Drone Technology Regs

FAA regulations which were first leaked to the public in mid-February of this year, confirm what we already knew: the economic and social benefits of allowing drones into the national airspace far outway the risks of of UAV technologies. While many speculated that the FAA would place stringent burdens on businesses and individuals looking to

FAA regulations which were first leaked to the public in mid-February of this year, confirm what we already knew: the economic and social benefits of allowing drones into the national airspace far outway the risks of of UAV technologies. While many speculated that the FAA would place stringent burdens on businesses and individuals looking to see UAVs into action, this positive foundation for the laws that are now out for public comment bode well.

The following is a quick summary of what we know about the proposed FAA regulations as they currently stand:

  • It appears that the laws will accommodate all types of drone businesses and all sizes of drone technologies in a variety of industries.
  • The FAA is supportive of drones as they will provide economic and social benefits.
  • Though the FAA considered complex permitting, inspection and maintenance requirements, it appears they rejected these.
  • The FAA recognizes that drones will save lives. Climbers, construction workers, and other high-risk jobs will benefit from their use.
  • Rather than requiring technology for monitoring the operation of a UAV, the drone must always be in the line of sight of the operator.
  • Drone flights will not be permitted between sunset and sunrise and must not be higher than 500 feet.

Overall these appear to be less burdensome rules for drone operation, and though the law has yet to be finalized, it bodes well for drone use among a wide variety of groups and businesses. This will also benefit enforcement as the regulations will be less costly to implement.

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