Reuters / Mike Segar

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled preliminary guidelines on the use of small commercial drones in the country on Sunday. The draft regulation prohibits the use of unmanned aircrafts out of the sight of a pilot.

The proposed rules allow Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to fly during the day if they weigh up to 55 pounds (25 kg), stay below 500 feet (152 m) in the air, and fly less than 100 mph (160 km/h).

Other restrictions include: the drone must be in the pilot’s sight at all times, and must be operated by a person not younger than 17 year old, who has passed an aeronautics test.

Night flights are prohibited under the proposed regulations. “There is no acceptable technological substitute for direct human vision in small UAS operations at this time,” the FAA said.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said that they tried to remain “flexible” when compiling the guidelines. “We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an undue regulatory burden on an emerging industry.”

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2 thoughts on “Draft FAA drone regulations ban ‘out of sight’ use of civilian UAVs”
  1. I’m truly not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, it keeps people from tracking someone and, perhaps, doing harm (or a litany of other possibilities) but on the other it seems a bit restrictive. This is a subject a bit out of my league and haven’t given it enough consideration, though I will now. Perhaps the FAA doesn’t want drone owners to track what THEY are doing….Hmmmm. Good post.

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