Drone technology has advanced and their use has increased much faster than the FAA has managed to determine rules for their operation and certification. Recently, however, a new set of rules has been proposed for drones that weigh fewer than 55 pounds.
“The new rules call for a drone pilot’s license, which will require passing a written test, but don’t offer details on what that test will comprise of. They forbid flying at night, near airports, over 500 feet, over 100mph, or beyond the pilot’s line of sight, but don’t specify what the penalties for violating those rules will be.”
Some have criticized the FAA for the lack of specifics in the new proposed rules, how they’ll be enforced, and whether they fully address all potential drone applications. There is also the issue of whether such regulations will really have a significant impact on interferences with conventional aviation, safety, and security. The new rules would also keep many potential commerce drone applications grounded.
Has the FAA’s delayed action on drones had an impact on your industry? What are your thoughts on the newly proposed regulations and requirements for drone use?