The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) and Department Of Transpartation(DOT) has recently released new legislation for the societal integration of drones and sUAV’s. The new laws will help perpetuate new job growth, estimating $82 billion in additional revenue over the next 10 years!
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WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first OPERATIONAL RULES(DOWNLOAD PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or Drones), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.
The Part 107 rules, which were released in late June this year, require that sUAS/Drones used for business purposes in the United States must be registered with the FAA and operated:
- During daylight hours only, 30 minutes before sunrise or 30 minutes after sunset local time.
- Beyond or at 400 feet above ground, generally, and at a speed of up to 100 mph.
- Yielding the right of way to other aircraft, like planes or boats.
- Remaining within the Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) of a remote pilot in command of the drone, and the person manning the flight controls of the drone.
The rule alleviates the need for commercial drone operators to attain a 333 exemption, or case by case exemptions and authorizations from the FAA to fly, as long as they are operating within the new rules.
Part 107 does not allow: sUAS/Drones to be flown at night for commercial purposes; in bad weather or other visibility-limited conditions; over people; or beyond the visual line of sight. The rule also disallows one pilot from managing a fleet of drones, which is technically feasible today.
“We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world.”
According to industry estimates, the rule could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.