New FAA Commercial Drone Regulations

New legal regulations for commercial drone pilots in the US have finally come into effect. The rules were outlined by the FAA in June, and cover unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds  that are being flown for commercial use or "routine non-hobbyist use."

Here is a brief overview of the new rules:

  • Drones have to remain in visual line of sight of the pilot — no first-person-view cameras
  • Pilots must be at least 16 years old
  • Operation is only allowed during daylight hours or twilight with appropriate lighting
  • Maximum ground speed of 100 mph and maximum altitude of 400 feet
  • Pilots must hold a "remote pilot airman certificate" issued by the FAA

You can see the full summary of the regulations HERE.