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UAS Regulations

On June 21, 2016 the FAA published the final version of the Part 107, its small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) regulations, which came into effect on August 29, 2016.

These rules ease the administrative burden of commercial and governmental drone operators across the United States. Small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) operators will not be required to pass a medical exam anymore, or have liability insurance. No Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) will need to be filed prior to commencing a drone operation, and operators will only need to pass an aeronautical knowledge test rather than acquire any form of pilot’s license.

The key difference between the FAA’s previously proposed draft rules and the Part 107 rules? The maximum above-ground flight height permitted. This has been set at 400 feet AGL, rather than the widely expected ceiling of 500 feet AGL.

Also, with Part 107, there no longer is a minimum distance required to fly near airports/airfields. Instead, it is determined by airspace Classes, which is beneficial for U.S. operators considering the large amount of airfields/landing strips accessible in the country in Class G. Identifying airspace is easier now as well since it is based on existing maps and data. 

Last update / 02.03.2017