FAA Commercial Drone Regulations

The FAA has released their much anticipated Part 107 rules on commercial UAV use.

Commercial Drone Rules

The FAA released the long-anticipated Part 107 commercial drone regulations. Previously, to fly a drone legally, the FAA required commercial drone operators to file a petition under Section 333, which required the UAV operator to be a licensed pilot and often took months to process. Over 5,000 exemptions were granted and thousands more still wait for review, with our flagship drone Solo receiving the second highest number of exemptions. This signals that the demand for commercial use of drones is high and that drones offer real value to industries like construction, conservation and architecture. Solo comes in at under 2 kg (4.4 lbs), well below the 25 kg (55 lbs) limit for the new rule.

stockpile point cloud

Reasonable commercial rules

At a high level, the loosening of the restrictions required to fly
commercially shows that drones are now safer and easier to use than
ever before. The launch of 3DR’s Site Scan enterprise platform in March anticipated this democratization of access to aerial data capture and analytics, and now after passing a simple FAA knowledge test anyone can survey a construction site or measure a stockpile with the push of a few buttons in Site Scan.

Site Scan drone data platform

FAA commercial rules summary:

To summarize the new regulations:
No exclusivity: The FAA is democratizing commercial drone use — noneed to be a licensed pilot any longer. Take the knowledge test at
a testing center and you’re good to go.
No overwhelming bureaucracy: Filing Section 333 exemption requests is no longer necessary, and logging all flight data for the FAA is unnecessary.

Compliant commercial drones

That’s it. Take a test, follow the rules, and you can fly commercially to provide safer, more efficient, real-time access to data. We think the new certification process will be easier than getting a driver’s license — no live flight test involved. The effective date of the new regulations should be in August, but we’ll keep you updated as the dates are finalized.

Civil Engineers flying Site Scan