FAA Drone Flight Regulations
Posted on December 04 2015
Regulations regarding commercial and personal drones is a bit of a touchy subject, with some parties emphasizing the importance of regulation and others saying, well, the exact opposite. The FAA drone regulations are now taking effect.
The Federal Aviation Administration proposed rules this past February that would drastically restrict commercial drone use, requiring operators to keep their quadcopters in their line of vision at all times. This would seriously limit how far drones can fly, and would hamper plans for companies such as Amazon. Bigwigs at the online store giant want to use drones to deliver packages.
"We are working diligently to develop a regulatory framework that will allow for innovation while ensuring the safety of other users of the airspace and people and property on the ground," FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker recently told the House Oversight Committee, adding that the rules are to be finalized within the year.
"If a consumer wants a small item quickly, instead of driving to go shopping or causing delivery automobiles to come to her home or office, a small, electrically-powered (drone) vehicle will make the trip faster and more efficiently and cleanly," Paul E. Misener, vice president of global public policy for Amazon, told the same committee.
Misener urged the FAA and Congress to make these rules quickly, and to reconsider some of the restrictions regarding commercial drones. He added that technology surrounding drones makes it easy to operate them without having them in sight. Misener also noted that while Amazon doesn’t have the ability to process orders and have them sent via drone 30 minutes after said order is place, his company will by the time regulations are announced.
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., remarked it’s merely a matter of time before a quadcopter collides with a passenger airliner.
"There will be an incident. There will be a crash. There will be probably fatalities because you have so many of these things flying," he said. "I hope it doesn't take down a big commercial aircraft. I hope it doesn't have a lot of fatalities but I think it's inevitable."
What will the FAA decide? It should be interesting….