New Drone / UAV FAA Rules in Effect August 29

Something of interest to anyone involved in the growing UAV industry. The  new comprehensive regulations go into effect today for routine non-recreational use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Image credit: DroneDeploy
Image credit: DroneDeploy

According to industry estimates, the rule could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.  (DroneDeploy)

This According to the FAA announcement… “The provisions of the new rule – formally known as Part 107 – are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. A summary is available here.

According to Mike Winn, DroneDeploy’s co-founder and CEO,

We had already seen remarkable growth in the commercial drone industry the last few months, and before the Part 107 implementation, the amount of data generated by our users had been doubling every four months. For example, among the newer industries to adopt drones, mining, inspection and oil and gas have been our fastest-growing sectors. We’ve also seen rapidly growing interest in using drones for inspection in insurance, particularly when assessing a claim. One insurance company used a DroneDeploy map to assess a fire at a resort in France, ultimately saving the company €99,985,000 (nearly $111 million USD).

In fact, we recently hit a milestone of DroneDeploy customers mapping more than five million acres — equivalent to the country of Wales — across 130 countries. Part 107 is the rule many businesses have been waiting for, before beginning to explore or investing further in drone operations. Not only does Part 107 reduce the previous barriers to starting a commercial drone operation, it also makes it easier for large enterprises to scale their drone activities with more pilots, more efficient use of personnel and fewer regulatory hurdles.

We are extremely optimistic that today’s FAA changes will not only accelerate U.S. commercial drone adoption, but could also positively influence other nations where drones are being leveraged for business.

See details on the FAA website

See also DroneDeploy

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