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Published: Thu, September 01, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

FAA forecast: 600000 commercial drones within the year


While the regulations require operators to be certified, there is no need for them to get commercial pilot's license as had been the case.

Drones can not fly over people who are not directly participating in the operation or go higher than 400 feet above the ground.

"People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer", Secretary Foxx said, "and they are already creating business opportunities in this exciting new field".

There are new regulations on the use of small drones starting Monday.

"The knowledge is great and it's really helpful and important for drone users but not everything you learn in flying an airplane is the same as flying a drone", Parrott said. This technology can, in turn, be used to monitor crops, manage construction, aid in search and rescue missions, survey, make movies and to aid in fighting fires.

FAA estimates that the new rules could generate more than $82 billion for the us economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.

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Long-awaited federal drone regulations took effect Monday, making it easier for businesses to use drones for commercial purposes and driving potential growth of Georgia's drone industry.

Still, the new ruling does not allow for businesses to fly drones at night, beyond the line of site of human drone operators, or above the heads of pedestrians.

The rules - also known as Part 107 - set standards for commercial flight, which was otherwise banned by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Blair also pointed out that the current weight limit for small drone usage - 55 pounds - limits the applications available to farmers, often to just taking pictures and video. A report from local news station NBC4 reports that a drone flying near the Virginia home of actor Robert Duvall was shot down by a shotgun-wielding neighbor when the craft veered onto her property and scared cattle.

Steve Cohen, drone consultant said, "There's going to be tens of thousands of people who are going to be legal to fly". These companies can apply for special testing waivers to allow them to go beyond the normal rules. The cable television network CNN was granted a waiver to operate UAVs over people, he said. Operators will need to apply for waivers if they want to fly drones at night, above 400 feet and other kinds of operations. Getting a pilot's license is expensive and time-intensive, and some of the skills taught aren't applicable to flying a drone.

"It's a change in mentality away from the big hammer FAA to one that recognizes, 'Hey we can't be in all places at all times'".

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