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New FAA Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Go Into Effect

Posted 8/31/16 (Wed)

   The new FAA Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems went into effect on Monday of this week. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the implementation of the first operational rules for routine non-hobbyist use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or "drones").

    "People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer, and they are already creating business opportunities in this exciting new field," said Secretary Foxx. "These new rules are our latest step toward transforming aviation and society with this technology in very profound ways."

    "The FAA's role is to set a flexible framework of safety without impeding innovation," said Administrator Huerta. "With these rules, we have created an environment in which emerging technology can be rapidly introduced while protecting the safety of the world's busiest, most complex airspace."

    The provisions of the new rule - formally known as Part 107 -are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. A summary is available here: