FAA proposal outlines rules for commercial use of drones

Ted Craig Iowa Real Estate & Land Use Dickinson Law Des Moines Iowa

Posted on 02/17/2015 at 10:16 AM by Ted Craig

This week, the FAA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlining a framework of regulations for commercial use of drones in US airspace. The proposed rules allow for commercial use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles under 55 pounds, operated at heights less than 500 feet, at a maximum speed of 100 miles per hour, and only within the line-of-sight of the operator. The proposed rules state that drones cannot be flown over people, other than those involved in operation of the drone, can only be flown during daylight hours, and that operators would be required to pass an initial FAA-approved test, with recurring tests every two years. The proposed rules are open to public comment and it is not known when they will go into effect, though likely not until 2017. When these new rules are finalized, commercial use of drones will increase dramatically. Amazon won't be allowed to deliver your package with a drone under these rules, but the possibilities in agriculture, real estate, construction, and a myriad of other businesses, is exciting. Drones present unique opportunities for businesses, and those in Iowa interested in harnessing those opportunities need to stay tuned as this unique area of law and regulation continues to develop. Note that these rules do not apply to recreational use of drones by individuals.

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