In late June 2016, the FAA released its final ruling on Part 107. This regulation makes it easier for businesses to operate drones in the national airspace for commercial purposes. There has been some significant changes within drone regulations. Below is a summary of some of the most important changes:
I will go into further detail in another blog about the Blanket Area COA, but as it stands for right now, this is the right route for Public Safety Agencies. This helps allow for a safe and proficient training curriculum to be implemented. Along with PAO, the government agency has the ability to self-certify and train their drone operators.
Part 107 has brought many changes to the drone industry for commercial purposes. Public Aircraft Operators do not fall within this category and must obtain a Blanket Area COA to legally fly within the national airspace for governmental functions. Both Part 107 and the Blanket Area COA make it easier for both commercial and public safety agencies to fly drones within the national airspace, as well as create a safe passageway for drones to enter the national airspace with manned aircraft. The FAA has finally started to withdraw on some of its regulations, and thus there will be much more drone traffic in the national airspace. Please be sure to stay up-to-date on regulations and training to keep the national airspace safe for everyone operation within it.
Joshua Larson is the founder of Breakover Services. He has been a pilot for 5 years and would like to share his knowledge of aviation with the drone industry.