The Long Awaiting FAA Rules On Drones And What’s Missing From Them

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.

Handout image of recreational drone that landed on White House South Lawn in Washington

The FAA’s new drone rules are four years late and still don’t make sense | Quartz

“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?

2 thoughts on “The Long Awaiting FAA Rules On Drones And What’s Missing From Them

  1. Clearly, the proposition for these drone rules are not nearly as clear as they need to be. I think those who proposed these rules need to think it through longer and in more detailed fashion. Of the parts that are clear, the regulations seem a tad bit too stringent. These regulations need more thought and work and I hope they let a diverse group / committee of people decide how to revise these regulations.

  2. For the tremendous potential of drones to be fully realized, they’ll have to fly autonomously and out of the view of whomever is responsible for them, in my opinion. But the FAA’s proposed commercial drone rules, released Sunday, require operators to fly in their visual line of sight, which has drawn the ire of some drone advocates. Thank goodness the proposed rules will go through a public review and comment period that could last two years. It’s likely that during that time drone companies will make significant advances in sense-and-avoid technologies, which could make flying outside of a pilot’s line-of-sight safe.

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