New FAA Rules for Commercial Drones

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I’m a drone owner. I have been studying, practicing with it and learning the ins and outs of aerial photography from an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.) It has been expensive with no real idea of when it might become commercially viable. Today it has. The FAA (Federal Avation Administration) has announced new rules that allow the commercial use of drones.

Here is the raw document


The restrictions include that the drone must weigh less than 55 pounds (a Phantom 2 with camera is less than three,) pilots will have to maintain a visual line of sight of the craft or work with an observer who will keep it in view. The speed restriction is one hundred miles and hour. Altitude is restricted to under five hundred feet. That’s one hundred more than allowed under the hobbiest guidelines currently in force for drones. Drones will have to be registered with the…

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