5 Drone Updates You Need to Know
5 Takeaways from the FAA Drone Rulebook
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a 624-page rulebook for commercial drone users that was recently released to the public. This rulebook proves the FAA believes that drones which are used for utility inspections, construction surveys, or even a search and rescue, can safely share the sky with passenger planes.
So what’s new in the rulebook? Below are five important updates you should know:
1. Operator of drones must be at least 16 years of age
2. To be an operator the FAA requires you to pass an aeronautics test every 24 months (2 years) for a certificate and background check by the Transportation Security Administration
3. Commercial drones weighing up to 55 pounds can fly during daylight hours, no higher than 400 feet in the air
- The drone must remain in sight of the operator or by someone who has direct communication with the operator at all times.
- Drones that carry lights that can be seen for three miles may be granted permission to fly in the evenings. Night flights where it becomes difficult for the operator to see the drone will require a waiver.
4. There is still conflict among state laws and federal laws
- 18 states have adopted laws governing police to use drones for surveillance
- 13 states adopted criminal penalties for misusing drones
5. FAA continues to research how to avoid collisions and crashes from drones that lose connection with their remote operators
Creating the rulebook is a big step forward, but authorities are skeptical on how these rules will be enforced, especially the more crowded our skies become. Stay tuned for more updates. And contact us in the meantime if you have additional questions.
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