As the drone industry becomes more mature, new regulations and oversight are increasingly applied to the unmanned aerial vehicles—no matter how small they are. A swatch of new rules on drones begins today, reports the L.A. Times. Here's what the new rules include:
• For companies that want to use small drones for delivery purposes, they now no longer need to request special permission from the federal government for commercial drone use.
• Drone operators must still maintain visual line of sight with the naked eye while the drone is flying.
• Drones can only fly in the daytime, but twilight flying is allowed if the drone has anti-collision lights.
• Drones can't fly over people who aren't participating in the operation of the drone.
• Drones cannot fly higher than 400 feet or faster than 100 mph.
• Drones can carry packages, but the combined weight of the drone and packages must be less than 55 pounds.
• A pilot's license is no longer needed to fly a commercial drone, provided the operator is over 16 years old, taken an aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved facility, and passed a background check while qualifying for a remote pilot certificate. MG