The Use of Drones Rapidly Catching Up Even Sans Clear FAA Regulations

The number of practical applications for the use of drones, outside the realm of the military, is fast growing, and is rapidly catching up with not only enthusiasts or hobbyists, but among many other users as well.

Small drones are being designed for use in the farms; drones are increasingly popular for aerial photography and videography, as well as in journalism such as when reporters would like to get footages of disaster scenes. Also, law authorities are considering using drones to help them track criminals, for instance.  See here

Today, the potential uses of drones in diverse fields seems sky’s the limit. However, for the moment, the FAA does not allow drones for business or commercial purposes.

The FAA says it’s illegal to operate a drone for business or commercial purposes, no matter how seemingly benign. “But that’s not stopping people,” said Ladd Sanger, a Dallas-based aviation lawyer and a managing partner with Slack & Davis. “We’re seeing a lot of people violating the FAA regulation.”  Read more here

Earlier in March, the FAA ruling was overturned when a federal judge has thrown out the first fine against a commercial drone operator, as the Federal Aviation Administration struggles to regulate the fast-developing industry. Judge Patrick Geraghty of the National Transportation Safety Board, who heard the appeal of the $10,000 FAA fine against Raphael Pirker, ruled Thursday that there was “no enforceable FAA rule” or regulation that applied to a model aircraft such as the one Pirker was flying.  Read more at

The FAA’s current guidelines permit private operators to fly their small aircraft recreationally. However, police departments, universities, and other organized groups are required to seek permission before liftoff. Beer companies have announced they hope to deliver alcohol via drones, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently created a media firestorm by saying the company aims to subvert traditional postage and transport Amazon products with the new technology.   Read more here

It is clearly important that with the growing interest in the use of drones among businesses, especially due to the economic benefits of its use, the FAA should in no time be able to go ahead with its plan to publish a proposed rule for the use of small drones, later this year, as reported.

“Everybody deserves for the FAA to come up with a rule to take into account this new technology,” Sanger said. “We need to be able to have commercial use of UAVs. We need to have standards, training guidelines and protections (for those on the ground). That needs to happen sooner rather than later.”   Read more here


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