Drones and Part 107 – The New FAA Regulatory Landscape
Braden Perry, a regulatory and compliance attorney with Kennyhertz Perry, LLC, was asked by Business News Daily about the FAA Part 107, lessening the regulatory burden on the commercial use of drones. Part 107, which goes into affect on August 29, 2016, streamlines the process to legally operate a drone for commercial purposes. Perry appeared in the article entitled “7 Cool Commercial Drone Uses Coming to a Sky Near You” and discussed how Part 107 will likely increase drone usage: “Essentially, you can use a drone as long as it is less than 55 pounds, within eyesight by a certified ‘remote pilot in command’ operator at a maximum altitude of 400 feet,” Perry said. “Prior to the new rules, you had to have a pilot’s license to operate an unmanned aircraft. Most companies cannot afford to hire a pilot solely to pilot a drone. The certification for remote pilot in command is not strenuous, and generally any adult can get one at little cost, and very quickly. This opens the doors for almost any company to utilize unmanned aircraft technology in their business.