The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration FAA has proposed regulations for commercial use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national airspace. The safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting commercial activity. The new rules also proposes operating limitations designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground.
The new rules will not apply to model aircraft. However, model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all of the criteria specified in Sec. 336 of Public Law 112-95, including the stipulation that they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule.
Drone and UAV Resrouces:
The FAA encourages new operators to visit:
- FAA’s Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
- Small UAS Rule Summary
- FAA and UAS