New Drone Regulations Focus on Commercial Use

There are new regulations on the use of small drones starting Monday. The new rules free companies that want to use small drones from asking a direct permission from the federal government, as long as the purpose of drones is a commercial endeavor. Up until now, to get federal permission to use such drones was a process that could take months to complete.  

Even though, generally speaking these new rules are good news for the companies interested in using drones for business purposes, there are still constrains.  The rules state that drone operators must be able to see the drone at all times with the naked eye, and can use them only during the day. The drones can fly higher than 400 feet or faster than 100 miles per hour.

As for drone delivery rules – packages may be carried by drones as long as they are not heavier than 55 pounds. one of the copmanies that is expected to benefit from the new rules is Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN).

Until now, drone operators had to get a pilot license to for the use of commercial drones. Under the new rules published Monday, everyone above the age of 16 may take an aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved facility as well as pass a background check, after which he or she will be qualified to operate a drone, and receive a remote pilot certificate.

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