Get Ready For New FAA Rules For Drone/UAS Operations

Kent S. Jackson | June 23, 2016

Get Ready for New FAA Rules for Drone/UAS Operations

They’re here…

The FAA has released the new 14 C.F.R. Part 107 for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

The FAA has also published this summary of the new Part 107: The new Part 107 is effective in 30 days, and the team at Jetlaw L.L.C., is prepared to help you comply with the new rules. To start, our attorneys have prepared a quick list of Frequently Asked Questions to provide some background and context to the growing demand for UAS for business and personal use.

What is a small UAS?

A small UAS is an unmanned aircraft system – also referred to as a small drone – weighing less than 55 pounds.  The new C.F.R. Part 107 does not apply to model aircraft or a UAS operated strictly for hobby or recreational use.

Who is eligible to operate a small UAS?

The new Part 107 introduces a new term:  Remote Pilot in Command.  A person operating a small UAS must either hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the direct supervision of a person who does hold a remote pilot certificate (remote pilot in command).

How and under what conditions can someone operate a small UAS?

C.F.R. Part 107 limits small UAS use to daylight hours, good weather, visual-line-of-sight control, and a number of other operational restrictions. An FAA airworthiness certification is not required, but the Remote Pilot in Command must maintain the UAS in an airworthy condition. All small drones must be registered under Part 47 and display their registration marks.

Those currently operating a small UAS under a Section 333 Exemption will undoubtedly find operation under the new part 107 more advantageous, even considering the requirement to obtain a Remote Pilot in Command certificate.

However, we also expect that the exemption process will be necessary for commercial UAS operators whose needs and technology are already advanced beyond the just-published Part 107.  We understand the airspace and the technology, so call or email us with your questions:  (913) 338-1700, Kent S. Jackson, Kali M. Hague and/or Richard W. Carlson.

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