UAS, drones or unmanned aircraft, no matter what you call them — this was their week. Our news stream was flooded with updates on the newly announced rules and regulations for commercial UAS from the FAA. So, naturally we have dedicated this week’s top news round up to highlight some of our favorite UAS stories.
Here is a quick recap on the new FAA rules for UAS
USA TODAY has broken out the top five things you should know about the new FAA drone rules. Take a minute and get caught up on the basics. For example, the UAS operator must have their drone in sight at all times while in the air, and you still can’t fly at night.
Summary of New Commercial Drones Rules
The wait is over, as many commercial UAS operators found out this week. John Goglia, with Forbes, breaks out the FAA new Part 107 rules which states, “It will eliminate many of the most cumbersome and expensive requirements currently imposed on commercial drone operators including the requirement for a so-called 333 exemption, a manned aircraft pilot’s license, a visual observer, the requirement to hold a certificate of authorization and the requirement to issue a notice to airmen before each flight.”
FAA Approves the use of Small Commercial Drones
Michael Walton, with Government Technology, explains, “The FAA new UAS rules would effectively lift the lid on flights by other potential operators who have held off using the technology — real estate agents who want bird’s-eye videos of properties, ranchers who want to count cattle and a multitude of other businesses.”
At Long Last, New FAA Rules for Drones
Air&Space Magazine tells us the best part of the new UAS rules is that “The FAA dropped its initial recommendation that would have required commercial UAV operators to hold a pilot’s license, a stipulation that experts feared would have stifled the booming drone industry, which is estimated to generate more than $82 billion and 100,000 jobs over the next decade.
We hope you have enjoyed this quick UAS roundup. Don’t worry, we aren’t heading into a Sci-fi movie yet; Amazon, Walmart and alike will still have to wait in the holding pattern for approval to utilize drones for domestic delivery purposes. Overall, though, it was a game-changing week for small commercial UAS user everywhere, and a small step in the right direction for drones to assist with all our future needs.