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Breaking News: FAA Announces New Drone Regulations (Part 107)

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Finally, some exciting news for the drone community!

You can read through the 624-page final Part 107 ruling here, or check out the synopsis below, but in late-August 2016, a new drone certification process will be implemented by the FAA.

It’s called Part 107, and it’s something that the entire drone industry has been waiting for!

Here is a quick summary of Part 107:

  • UAVs must remain within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) of the person manipulating the flight controls of the small UAS. Alternatively, the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the visual observer.
  • Small unmanned aircraft may not operate over any persons not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, and not inside a covered stationary vehicle.
  • Daylight-only operations, or civil twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting.
  • Maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level (AGL) or, if higher than 400 feet AGL, remain within 400 feet of a structure.
  • No operations from a moving vehicle unless the operation is over a sparsely populated area.
  • Most of the restrictions discussed above are waivable if the applicant demonstrates that his or her operation can safely be conducted under the terms of a certificate of waiver.
  • A person operating a small UAS must either hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the direct supervision of a person who does hold a remote pilot certificate (remote pilot in command).
  • To qualify for a remote pilot certificate, a person must: o Demonstrate aeronautical knowledge by either:
    • Passing an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center; or
    • Hold a part 61 pilot certificate other than student pilot, complete a flight review within the previous 24 months, and complete a small UAS online training course provided by the FAA.
    • Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.
    • Be at least 16 years old.
  • FAA airworthiness certification is not required. However, the remote pilot in command must conduct a preflight check of the small UAS to ensure that it is in a condition for safe operation.

You can check out the documents released by the FAA today:

This is a really exciting day for the drone industry, now that there are more concrete regulations released by the FAA. These new regulations are set to go into effect this Fall.

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