Proposed FAA UAV Rules Similar to Canada’s, May Not Be Final Before 2017

The FAA released their proposed regulations today for UAV flights in the United States, they are comparable to Canada’s regulations.  According to the Washington Post’s summary, UAVs need to remain in line of sight of the operators, stay below 500ft, and get a FAA Certificate, not a pilot’s license to operate the aircraft, have flight speeds 100mph or less.

Now the proposed draft rules have to go through a public review process and may not official until sometime in 2017, missing their Congress-mandated deadline by about two years.

While limited, they are comparable with Canada, and from other posts here, other FAA infrastructure needs to be upgraded before they are allowed into other parts of US Airspace with a better air traffic control system which is still under development.


About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: His views are his own and not of his employer.
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