New FAA drone rules open up US skies to limited commercial flights

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in General Discussion edited June 2016
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday released new drone regulations that will allow limited commercial, research, and rescue flights, among other purposes.




The rules come into effect in late August, and will permit flights for things like agriculture, research and development, and academic/educational use, Reuters reported. Other sanctioned fields include aerial photography, wildlife nesting evaluations, and inspections of antennas, bridges, pipelines, and power lines.

To qualify drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, and fly no higher than 400 feet or 100 miles per hour. Vehicles can fly at night with special lighting, but must always stay at least 5 miles away from airports, and won't be allowed at all in Washington, D.C. because of existing security policies.

Pilots must be 16 or older, get proper certification, and inform the FAA whenever an incident occurs with serious injuries or damage to property. They must also stay within visual range of drones and not fly directly over people.

Conspicuously absent from the new rules are aerial deliveries planned by companies like Amazon. A separate set of rules will arrive sometime in the future, according to FAA head Michael Huerta.

Deliveries may be one of the trickier regulatory issues, since by necessity delivery drones have to fly at high speeds beyond operator range, and then descend to drop off their packages -- possibly in crowded urban areas.

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  • Reply 1 of 10
    irelandireland Posts: 17,616member
    There goes the AC2 drone videos ;-)
  • Reply 2 of 10
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,185member
  • Reply 3 of 10
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,968member
    Stay away/out of my flight path. Thanks for another easy to acquire tool for terrorists to use against civilian flights.
    edited June 2016 jackansi
  • Reply 4 of 10
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,185member
    wood1208 said:
    Stay out of my flight path. Thanks for another easy to acquire tool for terrorists to use against civilian flights.
    That might eventually happen, but right now all the idiots are normal people who are utterly clueless about the dangers they create by injecting their quadrocopters into flight paths.
    repressthislolliverjackansi
  • Reply 5 of 10
    icoco3icoco3 Posts: 1,459member
    wood1208 said:
    Stay out of my flight path. Thanks for another easy to acquire tool for terrorists to use against civilian flights.
    As if they would get licensed for commercial use to do that...
    lollivernolamacguysteveh
  • Reply 6 of 10
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,680member
    icoco3 said:
    wood1208 said:
    Stay out of my flight path. Thanks for another easy to acquire tool for terrorists to use against civilian flights.
    As if they would get licensed for commercial use to do that...
    Sure they will.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Obama and Hillary Clinton are currently going to make sure that thousands of newly arrived refugees from terror hot spots, the kind of people that have home screens with ISIS flags on their phones, will get advance access to such training, free of charge of course. B)
    icoco3
  • Reply 7 of 10
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,185member
    apple ][ said:
    icoco3 said:
    As if they would get licensed for commercial use to do that...
    Sure they will.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Obama and Hillary Clinton are currently going to make sure that thousands of newly arrived refugees from terror hot spots, the kind of people that have home screens with ISIS flags on their phones, will get advance access to such training, free of charge of course. B)
    First there were Obamaphones, now... Obamadrones?
    icoco3jackansi
  • Reply 8 of 10
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,968member
    As you all know, most of the drones will be manufactured in China..But does anyone know if China would allow to fly them in their country ? I bet not. They understand better about the risk vs the reward..
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 9 of 10
    wood1208 said:
    As you all know, most of the drones will be manufactured in China..But does anyone know if China would allow to fly them in their country ? I bet not. They understand better about the risk vs the reward..
    I have seen beautiful drone footage filmed in China. 
    lolliversteveh
  • Reply 10 of 10
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    wood1208 said:
    Stay away/out of my flight path. Thanks for another easy to acquire tool for terrorists to use against civilian flights.
    you're a million times more likely to die in a car accident than get killed by scary terrorists. 
    jackansi
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