The new ruling is out, and it is a whopping 624 pages. So I’m going to break it down for you! But, if you happen to be one of those rare bookworms that I’ve heard about, you can check out the entire lengthy document at the link below.
On June 21st, the FAA finally released the new regulations – Federal Aviation Regulation (F.A.R.) Part 107 – regarding UAV commercial (non-hobbyist) operations that will take effect on August 29, 2016.
The new rules are designed to safely integrate UAV into the nation’s airspace and as a result allow drones to provide great opportunities for businesses and the government.
From pilot requirements and certification to operating rules, there have been some major changes to the regulation of commercial drone operation. But, change is a good thing. Right?
Here are a few of the BIG changes to the UAV commercial rules:
1. The pilot must have a Remote Pilot Airman Certificate by passing the FAA administered test, be at least 16 years old, and pass a TSA vetting.
2. The aircraft must weigh less than 55 pounds, be registered if over 0.55 pounds, and carry out a pre-flight check to ensure the UAV is in proper condition for safe operation.
3. When operating UAVs, the pilot must:
• Keep the aircraft in their visual line-of-sight
• Fly in class G airspace
• Fly below 400 feet and at or below 100 mph
• Operate during the day
• Yield to all manned aircrafts
• NOT fly over people or from a moving vehicle
• Get air traffic control (ATC) approval to operate in Class B, C, D, and E airspace – Class G airspace operations are allowed without ATC approval
Also, keep in mind that the new rules only pertain to commercial uses of drones weighing less than 55 pounds and they do no affect any recreation rules that are currently in place.
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