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Rules Regarding the Commercial Use of Drones Delayed

Rules regarding the commercial use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, have been delayed until key issues are addressed—namely the ban on flights over pedestrians. However, the anti-regulatory push by the Trump administration means that commercial drone flights may see extended delays.

Currently, drones may not be used for any commercial purpose if they fly over pedestrians, as the vehicles are not yet considered reliable enough to ensure that they will not crash. And, although the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) believed that rules regarding the commercial use of drones would be created before the end of 2016, discussions relating to enforcement of the regulations delayed the rule-making process.

Experts believe that before a new rule can be proposed, manufacturers will have to create a set of standards to ensure that no pedestrians can be hurt, such as establishing a minimum distance between drones and anyone on the ground. However, with the current freeze on federal regulations still in effect, it’s unknown when final rules will be proposed.

Filed under: Recent Headlines — Jillian Bender-Cormier @ 10:25 pm March 8, 2017