The Federal Aviation Administration has finalized its operational rule governing the use of small commercial unmanned aircraft systems in national airspace.
The policy will take effect in August and covers safety regulations for non-recreational drones that weigh less than 55 pounds as well as requirements that a UAS owner needs to meet in order to fly a drone, the Transportation Department said Tuesday.
“We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Under the rule, a drone operator should be at least 16 years old and holds a small UAS remote pilot certificate or must be directly supervised by a holder of such certification.
FAA noted it will provide drone users with privacy guidelines as part of the UAS registration process through the agency’s B4UFly mobile app and issue guidance to local and state governments on drone privacy.