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Part 107 as it’s called, is a long-awaited addition to federal airspace regulations that makes it much easier and cheaper to operate drones for commercial purposes (like surveying, inspection, and filming).

We’re excited to see the FAA support innovation with drones, which will keep new developments here on home soil. This forward thinking attitude is bound to contribute to the safety and level of service we will all benefit from in the years to come.

Part 107 FAA

1. You no longer need an expensive pilot’s license

Currently, the FAA requires people to have a full pilot’s license to operate drones for commercial use. This certification can cost over $10,000 and requires months of training. It also does not teach any drone-specific knowledge, making this an expensive and confusing choice for those entering the industry.

Under the new rules, individuals and businesses will have a much lower barrier to entry into the commercial drone space. Drone pilots will need to pass a knowledge test and register with the FAA. This allows companies to easily implement drone programs to improve their spatial intelligence.

Drone operations will require less labour

Until now, the FAA required all drone operations to have a 2-person crew: a pilot as well as a visual observer to monitor the flight. These old regulations may have been more practical for older drones, without the smart failsafe systems that most modern drones have today. For example, drones now can fly home and land in case of any critical error, so the drone’s autopilot assists in managing the flight and allows the pilot to stay engaged with their surroundings.

The FAA is open to experimentation

Whether you’re waiting for drone delivery from your favorite pizza place, or want to survey a 10 mile long pipeline in one flight, Washington rulemakers included an important provision for you. Part 107 specifically mentions that any restrictions outlined in the new rules (e.g., flying at night) could be waived if you can prove the operation can be done safely.

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Congratulations Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia.

It’s definitely a big step in the right direction.

Taking effect from 29 September 2016 commercial operators flying RPAs weighing less than two kilograms will not require an operator’s certificate or a remote pilot licence.

These operators will simply need to notify CASA before they fly and operate in accordance with a set of standard operating conditions.

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These mandatory conditions include flying only in day visual line of sight, keeping more than 30 metres away from other people, flying more than 5.5 kilometres from controlled aerodromes and not operating near emergency situations.

CASA will provide an easy-to-use online notification system.

That’s very similar to the 2kg law proposed in the US — and yes the P4 sales will skyrocket anywhere that the jackboots finally come to their senses and relax their regulations.

The explanatory statement for the changes can be found on the Australian Government’s Federal Register of Legislation.

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