It seemed to be only a matter of time before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stepped in and introduced limits on drones, as they have continued to grow in popularity. After all, there is a real potential for issues moving forward as drone technology continues to advance. A day may come when we see drones flying above just as frequently as birds.
The United States Federal Aviation Administration submitted its proposed rules for smaller commercial drones. While many of the rules are to be expected, some may impede the commercial delivery ambitions of major companies such as Amazon.
Key rules applying to drones weighing fewer than 55 pounds:
- Pilots must be at least 17 years old.
- Pilots must pass a test to obtain the newly developed drone operator license, which will also require vetting by the TSA.
- License will apply to all small drones.
- Review tests will be required every 24 months.
- Flights must occur during daytime hours.
- Pilot must see the drone at all times, though a 2nd operator may be utilized as an observer.
- Drones can fly no faster than 100mph and must remain below 500 feet.
- Drones must be registered with the FAA.
- No flights over people and you must maintain visibility.
Amazon’s delivery drones will not be possible under these proposed regulations, however, the rules are not finalized. More rules and adjustments are being considered for different types of drones as well.