DON’T YOU SEE PEOPLE! This is how SkyNet starts! First you give the drones licenses, then they gain sentience, then they launch the nuclear weapons, then… Oh what, we’re giving the pilots licenses. Oh. Never mind then, carry on.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been wrestling with how to write regulations for unmanned aircrafts (drones) for years now. In the past year or so, commercial drones have become a popular topic of conversation for industries. As movie studios and delivery services have started showing interest in their market potential, what was once a niche group of investors has now become what many are calling the next technological leap.
Due to this increase in interest, recent reports have said that the FAA is considering commercial drone operators to get a license. This would mean restrictions such as the drones would only be flown as far as the operator can see them and that they can only be flown only in the day would be enforced as well.
If these reports prove to be true, it would be more restrictive than many commercial groups were prefer. For example, many technology experts say drone technology is such that it’s possible for operators to control a drone’s flight thousands of miles away. Under the rumored restrictions, this practice would not be possible, thus limiting their ability.
Honestly it’s a tightrope walk for the FAA. On one hand you want to protect citizens from incidents regarding drones, such as clashing with commercial aircraft that currently occupy the skies. On the other, you don’t want to limit the commercial viability of the product which would deter the growth of a new industry.
As with any new set of regulations, the FAA will have a lengthy Q&A period in which companies can air their thoughts to the administration. The new rules are set to be released by the end of the month.
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