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Published: Fri, September 02, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

New FAA Rules for small UAS go into effect


Gur Kimchi, the vice president of Amazon's Prime Air drone delivery operation, has been named along with a variety of other tech executives to a Drone Advisory Committee that "will help the FAA prioritize its activities, including the development of future regulations and policies" for unmanned aircraft in US airspace. "The FAA's role is to set a flexible framework of safety without impeding innovation", Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta said. Now you can legally use drones for business purposes, whether that's aerial photography or videography, scientific research, real estate inspection, surveying of land or other uses. Today we've reached another significant milestone.

The committee will meet at least three times a year to talk about integarting the unammed aircraft systems (UAS) inton "the world's busiest and most complicated airspace". The new rules are the first operational rules for routine nonhobbyist use of small UAS/drones (those that weigh less than 55 pounds at takeoff).

The provisions of the new rule - formally known as Part 107 - are created to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. He said he spent about 30 hours studying.

Operators must keep their drones within visual line of sight - it must be visible to the naked eye - and can fly only during the day, though twilight flying is permitted if the drone has anti-collision lights. The maximum speed is 100 miles per hour.

Avoiding flying over any persons not directly participating in the operation, or under a covered structure or inside a covered stationary vehicle.

The most significant change under the new guidelines concerns operating requirements. As part of the waiver approval process, CNN demonstrated to the FAA that its operations could be conducted safely.

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance UAS training will prepare students to take the FAA UAS aeronautical test, or recurrent test for former military UAS operators, which would allow them to obtain their operator certificate from the FAA. Applicants will then receive instructions for printing a temporary airman certificate, which is good for 120 days.

Commercial operators initially complained that the new rules would be too rigid. Now drones of all sizes can fly high across the 14,000 square miles of the drone range.

Flying drones are far more useful than many realize. "Drones are helping to create a whole new means of realizing the American dream", he added later.

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