US Drone Laws are Changing Fast: Try to Keep up

Illustration of the USA national flagDrones are all over the United States, and they are becoming more popular each and every year. That’s exactly why legislators are working so hard to come up with effective laws to protect privacy, keep aircraft safe and allow businesses to make full use of this amazing technology. A lot of changes have happened in the US recently and more drone laws come out every day. Here’s an overview of some of the changes, and an overview of drones in the United States.

No Autonomous Drones

While autonomous drones are certainly possible, and they could perform their job beautifully, they aren’t yet legal in the United States. The government has stated that an operator must be in view of the drone at all times, and for a delivery service, that just isn’t going to cut it. That doesn’t mean that you won’t someday enjoy an automated drone delivery service, it’s very likely to happen at some point. It just isn’t available at the moment until laws are cleaned up and the government figures out how to keep drones safe even when they aren’t within eyesight of the pilot.

New US Laws

There are quite a few drone laws in the United States today, and many of them are pretty new as well. There is a minimum age of 16 for commercial drone flights today, and serious operators are required to take a flight test and answer a bunch of questions about current drone laws and safety practices. There is also a registration and application process that can be quite time-consuming for new drone-based business owners.

Get Around the Law

Businesses can currently get around the drone laws using the waiver system that’s in place. This system allows you to explain why you need an exception to the current drone laws, and is simple to use as long as you can explain how your usage is going to be safe. The waiver system is a way for the FAA to see how businesses would like to use drones, and it will likely shape future policies on the matter, so be sure to send in any waivers for your business to help shape future laws.

Drones are big business in the United States and they are expected to result in 100,000 new jobs and an additional $82 billion for the economy overall. That’s precisely why the government is working so hard to regulate them and come up with legislation that doesn’t restrict ownership too much. There is still a long way to go before getting drone laws to where they need to be, but there is going to be a constant stream of changes until the laws offer a good balance to drone owners and everyone else around them.

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