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FAA’s Commercial Drone Rules Take Effect

Drone (1)The Federal Aviation Administration‘s new regulations governing routine non-recreational use of small unmanned aerial systems went into effect Monday.

FAA said Monday it created the rules formally known as Part 107 in an effort to mitigate potential risks that small UAS can pose to other aircraft, people and properties on the ground.

The agency also implemented processes to help drone operators apply for waivers if their proposed flights do not quite comply with the new policy or seek authorization to fly Class G drones in controlled airspace.

On Monday, FAA launched an online portal where operators can request waivers of applicable provisions under Part 107 and expand operations based on technology mitigations.

Authorized testing centers in the U.S. will now administer the Aeronautical Knowledge Test to support the remote pilot certification process for applicants that aim to complete the FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application.

The aviation authority also published extensive materials in August to help small UAS owners prepare for the test.

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