The Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration announced major changes to drone regulation, including commercial use of aerial footage. This is been long forth coming as we have been waiting for permission to use this new technology for business purposes. The FAA originally required all drone operators to obtain a pilot’s license at it’s lowest, legal level. The new rules take effect in August following a lengthy battle between UAS operators and regulators.
“We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief. We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world.” – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
While there are still restrictions on who can fly, such as you must be 16 years or older, this new change has paved the way for a multi-billion dollar industry to finally stretch it’s wings. The flier must also be registered with the FAA, have their registration number on the drone they are flying and be able to pass an aeronautical test.
Whether you are an experienced drone flier, a drone racer, or an adventure enthusiast who just wants to fly, it’s time to charge the batteries, format the SD cards, and start capturing the earth from a new angle.