FAA rules for Commercial Drones

by GDP Venture

New rules about governing commercial drones have now taken effect. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of USA expects some 600,000 drones to be used commercially within a year. This rules allow companies to fly small unmanned aerial vehicles for business purposes, giving a lift to companies keen to exploit the robotic technology for everything from luxury real-estate photography to crop inspection on farms.

This rules apply specifically to people who are using drones for commercial purposes and include a number of stipulations designed to keep everyone safe. Specifically, drones have to be within the line of sight of the person flying them, and they can’t be flown at night. A company can take flight with that quadcopter as the sun is setting though as long as it has anti-collision lights. It also change the process of becoming a commercial drone pilot: Instead of having to acquire a traditional pilot's license and getting a special case-by-case permission from the regulators, drone operators now need to pass a new certification test and abide by various flying restrictions, like the pilot’s age must be older than 16.

And just like in Indonesia (not exactly the same, but quite similar), the rest of the drone safety rules still apply: No flights beyond line-of-sight, over people, at night, above 400 feet in the air or faster than 100 miles an hour. Drones also can't be heavier than 55 pounds, and all unmanned aircraft have to be registered. In Indonesia, the use of drones is specifically governed by Regulation of the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Indonesia No. PM 90 of 2015 concerning Controls on the Operation of Crewless Aircraft in Airspace Served by Indonesia. Since  Indonesia drone laws are constantly changing, the US FAA latest rules may also worth notice to be implemented considering the drone usage is growing, especially in terms of business/commercial.


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