FAA – Drones Allowed to Fly at Night over People under Certain Conditions

For a number of years, the FAA only allowed drones to fly over the people who were operating them.  In an important ruling last week, the FAA is now relaxing these restrictions. According to the press release:   

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced final rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UA), commonly known as drones. The new rules will require Remote Identification (Remote ID) of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions.”

As noted above, such drones must be equipped with Remote ID, which provides identification of drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations. 

The “Operations Over People and at Night” rule applies to Part 107 operators. The ability to fly over people and moving vehicles varies depending on the level of risk a small drone operation presents to people on the ground. Operations are permitted based on four categories.

For additional information from the FCC click HERE.  

 

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