The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced new rules for civilian and commercial drone usage that could enable more drone deliveries. The new rules will require remote identification of drones and will allow the flights of small drones over people and at night under certain conditions.
- Remote ID provides identification of drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations and will enable intelligence agencies and law enforcement to track what drones are law-abiding and which are not.
- The new regulations should clear some of the hurdles that prohibit commercial drone use for deliveries and services since the new rules allow drones to be flown over populated areas for the first time.
- Drones represent the fastest-growing segment in the entire transportation sector, with more than 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certificated remote pilots in the U.S.
- Last week, one drone pilot in Philadelphia was fined $182,000 for operating a drone illegally 26 times and racking up several violations in each flight.