New drone safety rules are being considered to allow businesses to use small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the USA. Currently the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizes the use of UAVs for commercial or business purposes on a case-by-case basis.
The FAA has recommended a framework of regulations that could allow routine use of certain UAVs in today's aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.
The proposal offers safety rules for small UAVs (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits. The FAA is asking for comments on whether the rules should permit operations beyond line of sight, and if so, what the appropriate limits should be.
The proposed rule also includes extensive discussion of the possibility of an additional, more flexible framework for "micro" UAS under 4.4 pounds.
"Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
The new rules would not apply to model aircraft and generally speaking not to government aircraft operations, because these government operations typically continue to actively operate under the Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) process unless the operator opts to comply with and fly under the new small UAS regulations.
An overview of the Small UAS rule can be viewed at:
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For more read Electric Drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) 2015-2025 www.idtechex.com/uav