FAA proposed rule for drone use supported, NAR still says no for now

On February 15, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed rules for unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, stating that they should be legally allowed to fly in the United States for business purposes.

Up to now, the use of commercial remote controlled aircraft are banned, unless a specific, rare exception is obtained from the FAA, which requires that operators follow a lengthy list of rules.

However, the new proposed rules–applicable for drones weighing under 55 pounds–will restrict commercial drone operators to flights during daylight hours, as well as to to heights under 500 feet. Pilots will have to pass a knowledge test first, drones will have to be registered with the FAA, and when flying, pilots will be required to have a visual line of sight with the drone, or be in contact with someone who does. Read More