The Federal Aviation Administration along with the U.S. Department of Transportation held a press conference today to announce that the new Part 107 rules are taking effect. As of now, your 333 exemption is no longer necessary in order to fly UAV's commercially. Now you'll just have to pass a test in order to be fully authorized to operated your drone commercially... With some exceptions of course! For all the details you can go to the FAA's website, faa.gov.
Today is the day many drone pilots have been waiting for. It’s the day the FAA’s new Part 107 rule goes into effect.
The newly-instituted Part 107 is designed to make it easier for drone pilots to fly commercially. You no longer need a pilot’s license, which was previously required for the Section 333 exemption.
Drones used under Part 107 must weigh less than 55 pounds. Your drone can carry a payload, but it must be securely attached. You are not allowed to fly your drone over people not involved with the operation -- although the FAA says it is working on a rule for unmanned flights over people. Flights must be conducted during daylight, although lights can be used a half hour before sunrise and after sunset. Additionally, the drone must not exceed a height of 400 feet above ground level.
Pilots wishing to fly outside of the Part 107 guidelines can apply for a waiver from the FAA. Those wishing to obtain a remote pilot certificate must be at least 16 years old and must pass an aeronautical knowledge test. FAA-approved testing centers can be found all throughout the United States. For a complete list of testing centers, check out the FAA’s website.
Various classes are available for those who are studying to take the Part 107 test, and the FAA also provides study materials online. Best of luck to all the pilots in the AirVuz community who plan to take the Part 107 test.
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