New Bill for Micro Drones Operations

A new bill has been proposed to make way for micro unmanned aircraft systems, or micro drones, to be used for commercial purposes without having to apply for the existing FAA’s Section 333 Exemption, deemed by experts as even a hindrance to safe drone use due to its lengthy and hard-to-comply-with requirements.

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The bill, proposed by Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, would legalize commercial operations of drones weighing 4.4 pounds or less with a few sensible operating requirements. […] The bill would do away with the FAA’s cumbersome exemption process currently in place for these micro UAS. – Read more at:

The “Micro UAS” or “Micro Drone” amendment has been added to the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Authorization (AIRR) Act, a bill that funds the FAA […] The “micro UAS” distinction would subdivide the FAA’s “small UAS” distinction, which encompasses all drones between 0 and 55 pounds. Most small hobby drones weigh less than 4.4 pounds. – Read more at:

As noted by well-known drone expert and lawyer, Brendan Schulman, now the vice president of Policy & Legal Affairs at DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone company, there is a strong need for such distinction to be made. In an article for The Hill, he stresses the importance of empowering the smallest drones to ensure drone safety.

Here are some of the essential points Schulman wrote:
Simplifying the regulations for drones below two kilograms would empower people to use drones as tools to help each other, their communities and their small businesses.[…]It would also empower the drone industry to communicate these requirements — and even incorporate them into product features.[…]A micro rule transforms the smallest class of drones into safe, everyday tools for firefighters, roof inspectors, insurance adjusters, real-estate agents, farmers, independent videographers, and powerline technicians.

Another article explains how the bill will promote safer skies. The Micro Drone amendment does not deregulate drones. Quite the contrary, actually. The amendment proposes replacing a scheme of “regulation by exemption” that discourages compliance, with regulation that encourages it. It would make the skies safer by regulating micro drone operations in a manner that all pilots could easily understand and abide by, by replacing the complex and onerous existing path to non-hobbyist flight with a streamlined, easy-to-understand, sensible and safety-oriented regulation. – Read more at:

Indeed, even the smallest of drones, can benefit human society in many ways, so it is time to allow them to fry freely as long as they follow safety rules: Fly below 400 feet, at least five miles from airports, and within visual line of sight.

If the bill becomes law, among other things, uav aerial photography services provided by real estate  firms will for sure grow more in demand, boost the real estate marketing industry, and help generate more positive response to small consumer drones.


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