FAA Takes Important Step For Commercial Drone Use

By Lisa Malloy, director of Government Affairs for Intel

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Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), referred to as Part 107. This latest development by the FAA demonstrates its ongoing commitment to help U.S. businesses across the economy realize the enormous potential of UAS operations.

Intel believes UAS or drones are capable of creating services and experiences that have never before been possible, including reduced shipping times, regular and efficient utility inspections, and helping first responder emergency rescue efforts.

The rule allows commercial drones weighing up to 55 pounds to fly during daylight hours and lower than 400 feet, or higher if within 400 feet of a building rooftop. The rule will no longer require UAS pilots to receive manned aircraft flying experience to operate a small UAS; they will be required only to pass an aeronautical knowledge test. The rule will also permit the transportation of property for compensation or hire within state lines.

Other operations, such as at night, multiple operations by a single operator, operation higher than 400 feet above ground level, operations beyond the line of sight, and operations over people may be authorized by waiver, if found to be safe.

“Intel is developing sensors and technologies that can help make drones safer with real time on board collision avoidance,” said Anil Nanduri, vice president, New Technology Group at Intel. “The potential flexibility in the rule is evidence that it is possible to both improve safety and promote American innovation through drone technology.”

We look forward to continued work with Congress and the FAA to help build a UAS ecosystem that delivers amazing experiences to American consumers and businesses.

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