FAA and DOT Announce proposed rules for sUAS
FAA News Conference on Proposed UAV Rules:
See the proposed rules on the FAA website at FAA.org
Secretary Anthony Fox
announced the FAA’s proposed UAV Rules.
Small UAV rules.
Keeping the American people safe.
Two safety issues:
Well clear of other aircraft
Clear of airports and approach paths
Must weight less than 55lbs.
No flying at night
Rules to do not apply with recreational RC use.
The set of rules applies to commercial UAV uses.
6 Test sites opened for commercial testing
This is just the first step in outlining the framework for unmanned aircraft.
Opening utility inspections, academics, research, wildlife conservation, farming, bridge inspections,
search and rescue, aerial photos, film, news and tv, and real estate or other commercial endeavors.
This is a proposal and not an active rule as of today but will be available when the rule
passes. Commercial operators at this point must still go through the current process for exemptions.
This set of rules does not effect model aircraft or hobby use.
The FAA does ask that we visit the website for safety rules of conduct.
A few of the proposed rules for commercial use are:
Pilots to be 17 or older
Cost of the exam: $200-$300 dollars
55lbs or under
100mph speed limit
Restricted near airports
Must be able to see the RC aircraft
NO pilot license required.
NO need for air worthiness certificate
Must operate within line of sight
Operating in areas deemed open to flying
NO requirement for medical exams
They are still asking the public to respond for comments
for the proposed rules.
What is the expected time frame for this new set of rules to go into effect:
Anthony Fox stated that they will make it very accessible to people wanting to get a certification
for commercial use.
As stated before this does not affect hobby or recreational use but does
hold hobbyists to the general rules of conduct found on the FAA website.
Information and links:
FAA News Release:
FAA Overview of the proposed rule making
FAA Fact Sheet