As a company dedicated to the safe and effective implementation of commercial drone services, Suntuity AirWorks (https://suntuityairworks.com) is constantly reevaluating and updating our flight practices to ensure complete adherence to regulatory standards as governing bodies seek to grow and adapt with our new industry.
Last week, regulations shifted once more as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (www.faa.gov) put new rules into effect to help regulate airspace for untrained drone pilots in the United States.
In an effort to further legitimize unmanned aerial services nationwide, the new rules were set to hold hobbyist and recreational drone pilots to similar standards that trained commercial pilots operate in airspace across the nation.
The rules state that recreational pilots can no longer fly in any controlled airspace without prior authorization from the FAA. Furthermore, these pilots are now expected to comply with all airspace restrictions when flying legally in uncontrolled airspace.
The FAA Executive Director for UAS Integration Jay Merkle explained their goal as not to hamper drone pilots, but to ensure hobbyists and commercial pilots alike are following the same blanket rules across the nation.
“We view this as a very positive step forward for the safe integration of UAS. Including everyone under the same rules really does move everything forward,” Merkle said.
Pilots and companies flying drones for commercial purposes are exempt from the new FAA rules due to the fact that they are already required to register with the FAA. In addition to registration, commercial pilots are required to pass a written exam before they can legally operate their Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the United States.
This regulatory system has helped the FAA consolidate safe drone practices in airspace for all commercial drone operators. The new rules are applying the same standards to recreational pilots, though at this time only commercial pilots are required to pass the FAA’s exam.
At Suntuity AirWorks, all of our UAS systems and pilots are FAA approved and up to date with all forms of state and federal drone regulations. We can’t be the best at what we do without the assurance regulatory compliance provides, and we’re happy to keep you up to date on all FAA changes as the industry grows into a bigger and brighter future.
Read more about the FAA’s new rules for recreational pilots here.