FAA Report Recommends Update to Drone Rules

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The recommendations outline new regulations, certifications for “beyond visual line of sight” operation

Drone pilots, take notice: The Federal Aviation Administration committee is recommending new operational rules and certification criteria for uncrewed aircraft systems operating beyond visual line of sight.

The FAA Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aviation Rulemaking Committee released its final report earlier this month. The committee was tasked with examining how current Part 107 of Title 14 rules (“Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems”) could be modified to allow safe operation of UAS flying beyond the visual range of their pilot. This would include systems that are operated by an off-site remote pilot.

The recommendations fall into five main categories that would require amendments to Part 107, as well as drafting of Part 108, a new section for Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

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