The continuously raging fascination for drones had already persuaded FAA to develop a set of regulations. However, the complex structure of formalities to use drones for commercial purposes has always hampered the productivity of users. This alarmed the concerned authorities to bring changes in rules and regulations.
Federal Aviation Administration decided to address the matter. It pronounced a modified set of rules for commercial drone uses on this Tuesday. The new structure will be applicable to small UAVs from August 2019. It seems to be really beneficial and helpful to the referred domain. As per the authority, the changes are being made to support innovations and encourage growth.
Changes by FAA
The new set of rules are applicable on small unmanned vehicles weighing above 55lbs (25 kg). The list below narrates the updated rules and regulations for commercial drone uses.
- VLOS: VLOS stands for Visual line-of-sight. This instructs that the drone must remain within the sight of the pilot during flight. The visual observer must have a constant view over the aircraft.
- Age: One prominent concern was the pilot’s age. As per the FAA guidelines, pilots of minimum 16 years of age are legitimate to fly drones. The mental stability and physical prosperity of the pilot is also considerable to assure safe operations.
- Altitude: The utmost altitude as per the latest announcement is 400 ft above the ground level. A pilot can fly his drone 400 ft AGL and at a maximum ground speed of about 100 mph.
- Certification: The pilot must hold a remote pilot airman certificate before flying drones. This certificate can be acquired by passing an aeronautical test at a FAA-approved knowledge testing center.
- Daylight Flight: The drone can only be operated during daylights. However, the pilots are also allowed to fly the drone 30 minutes before the sunrise and after the sunset with accurate anti-collision lighting.
Benefits of the Changes
The prevailing regulations by FAA states a mandatory holding of ‘section 333’ exemption certificate to fly drones. The process of acquiring this special exemption to use drone for commercial purposes was complex, costly and highly time consuming. The updated regulations eliminate the complexity by waiving the process.
FAA has made it easy for the Commercial Drone Pilots. The pilots can easily enjoy flying drones by passing a knowledge test and approving the age limit. The other mentioned guidelines are far more easy to cope and execute than the previous set of rules.
As per experts, this will ultimately simplify the tediousness of commercial drone usage. However, they also conveyed their concern for more modifications of rules by FAA.
Federal Aviation Administration has been efficiently guiding and framing the necessary rules and regulations for drone-flying. The recent modifications made will be definitely helpful to the business use of drones.
The removal of certain restrictions and loosening of certain regulations is a sign of progressive growth in the drone industry. The forum has been efficiently working as is expected to bring more notifications in future to promote and encourage the use of drones.