A previous post by The Droneologist features a pending bill proposal for micro drone commercial operations, but just recently, it was reported the FAA is thinking of initiating some changes, with some of the big tech companies with interest in drone integration having a say in it.
The Federal Aviation Administrationannounced Wednesday a committee to draft recommendations for rules that could ease restrictions on operating drones in crowded or public places. The FAA has invited mostly commercial stakeholders, including Alphabet’s Google X, Intel and GoPro, to the group. […] Previously, the FAA proposed that “micro” aircraft under 4.4 pounds would fall into that category, but the agency will consider scrapping size requirements in favor of performance and safety standards. – Read more at:
Under current rules and those anticipated under the small-drone rule expected later this year, unmanned vehicles can’t be flown over people or near buildings and vehicles. The new category would allow for far more uses, both commercially and for recreation. – Read more at:
Some people are still wary of drones filling the skies due to perceived safety and privacy threats. Yet, more and more, drones are being used for the common good, such as tools for science education.
Students are hard at work in the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Lab. It is home to the UVM Unmanned Aircraft Systems Team. “So we work on a variety of projects it could be analyzing imagery collected by our drones.” said Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, the lab’s director. – Read more at:
Drones are likewise a big hit in fields which find practical use for aerial photography services, but private companies are still awaiting FAA’s go signal.
According to Fast Company, drone photography is far cheaper than the next cheapest alternative—helicopters—and much easier to implement in terms of logistics and planning. Stephanie Spear, an attorney at the National Association of Realtors who works on the issue, told Fast Company that the demand for drone photography is simple: Many properties, especially commercial facilities or rural tracts of land, don’t necessarily photograph well on the ground. In late 2015, the NAR issued a FAQ and a sort of best practices guide for realtors who want to use drones. – See more:
Meanwhile, for recreation, drones provide tremendous thrill to their users as a great way to capture breathtaking photography or as glorified remote-control toys. Using a drone for either of these purposes is all well and good, but another class of these aircraft, known as first-person-view (FPV) drones, is poised to kick up the excitement factor considerably. – Read more at:
Avid drone users, from hobbyists to professionals and business owners with plans to integrate small drones into their business, hope the proposed amendment to the micro drone bill be passed the sooner the better.
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