It is here! The Federal Aviation Administration’s new commercially operated drone rules have officially gone into effect! For all my clients & friends operating drones commercially as some component of their business it is time to get licensed. The rules are pretty fair and seem designed to create a safe operating procedure for all aviation.
Here are some links:
- Summary of New Drone Rules
- FAA’s press release: Important things to know
- Safety Training – UnmannedSafetyInstitute.org (I am sure there are – or will be – many organizations offering training soon.)
What is interesting is the rules only apply to commercially operated drones … I wonder when regulations hitting hobbyists will arise. From a risk standpoint, it would be a fantastic idea for even a hobbyist to complete a safety training. I foresee a future with added restrictions (both in law and insurance coverage) as well as litigation based on the estimated increased drone use.