Part 107 lives, the starting gun has fired.

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.

“We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world.”

According to industry estimates, the rule could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.

The new rule, which takes effect in late August, offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.

Of course we all knew this was coming today, welll sort of knew.

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    Its not too hard either, all the info required to pass is out there for free.


  • Wow Gary, that is really amazing they did this so fast and so reasonable.

    Did a bunch of sensible people storm the FAA headquarters and take over the building?

    We still have to see what the final requirements will be for non certified pilots, but if they stay this reasonable, bring it on.



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    Well that was quick here is the bolt on for Part 61 pilots and those interested in what they need to know

  • Yeah, I actually just Googled it and found that.  Now the question is, will Transport Canada actually do the sensible thing, or keep heading down the path they are currently on?  Because to change our regulations to be like the FAA Part 107 would mean admitting the path they were down was wrong...  although I have already seen some humorous commentary from Unmanned Systems Canada that suggests the FAA is following Canada...

    It's like a comedy sketch.  So, other than the fact both regulations pertain to UAV's, in what way are they similar???

    Hopefully Transport Canada follows the FAA's lead here, but how long is it going to take to turn this ship around?

  • Rob;

    It was in the Notice of Proposed Amendments from Transport Canada last year (warning us of their intentions).

    I recalled it because, at the time, it sounded ominous, but now maybe not.


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    I am struggling to fault the FAA's approach on this one. Its all sensible stuff. Its the sort of thing that will save you money in the long run by putting systems and procedures in place to reduce the chances of crashing.

    Everything you need to think about is contained here

    Already people are trying to sell 107 services and its not been 24 hours, don't do it!!!!! You can't buy the knowledge and they don't have it to sell! The UAS questions are coming, there is plenty of other stuff to bone up on all for free until then. Wait until established aviation knowledge folks release their guides.

    We want people operating commercially to be thinking safety. Thats a good thing.

    I bet Sportys are writing the book Gary and it will become a $30 thing before long.

  • That's really my expectation too Tom,

    Although I am sure some or all of the centers will offer classes as well and if you want or feel you need to take them, that would drive the cost up considerably.

    But from the way the FAA rule is stated that would definitely not seem to be mandatory.

    There is a big incentive to write the book, literally, for that test.

  • George, where did you see that?!

  • The FAA written test for Private Pilots costs between $85 and $150, depending upon which of the many testing centers it's taken at. I'd expect the UAS test to cost the same, or less.

  • "Transport Canada intends to work with the FAA to align, to the extent practical, their respective regulatory frameworks to facilitate cross-border trade for the UAV industry."

    So, a slightly hopeful day for us Canadians.

    I just wish they'd get on with it - our version just keeps getting pushed back. I have no idea why we must be last in the world.


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