FAA releases new commercial drone guidelines

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HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — The drone industry is rapidly growing, especially for businesses. After Monday, it’s expected to grow even faster with a new set of FAA rules.

William Aumer, the owner of No Limit UAV in Hamburg, talked about what his business had to do before the new guidelines came out, he said, “We had to have a lawyer draft a set of paperwork, and it took us about 9 months for us to get our exemption from the FAA”

On top of the exemption, they also needed a licensed aircraft pilot. Aumer says it’s a very intensive process, “You’ve got up to sometimes 3 people on site, you’ve got flight plans filed 3 days in advance, it was just too much just to get some pictures of a house.”

The new guidelines allow the commercial use of a drone – without a licensed pilot – as long as the user can pass a new aptitude test.

Aumer said, “We expect thousands of new people entering the market.”

The new guidelines will keep typical safety standards. Standards like how high and how far away you can go.

According to the FAA someone broke those rules back in July after a drone flying at 1500 feet had a close call with an aircraft 2 miles away from the Niagara Falls International Airport.

“A lot of people just don’t know what the rules are, we are seeing a lot of problems where people who are uneducated when it comes to aerospace are making mistakes.”, Aumer also spoke about the increased education for the commercial drone sector when it comes to safety. Aumer said, “How high we can fly them, how close you can be to an airport, and other safety issues, how to read the aeronautical maps, so you know what’s going on with the real air traffic.”

For more information on the new regulations, go to: https://www.faa.gov/uas/

For more information on No Limit Aerial Photograph and No Limit Aerial Vehicle, go to nlapv.com and nolimituav.com

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