WASHINGTON, June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the long-awaited 14 CFR 107 provisions, referred to by industry experts as "Part 107," on Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for commercial use.
In particular, Part 107 established the first-ever drone pilot license called the "Remote Pilot in Command" (Remote PIC) certification, which will replace the previous requirement for a manned pilot's license. The rule also stated that a visual observer will no longer be necessary during drone flights. Additionally, the rule allows for "external load operations," or deliveries using drones. With these expanded permissions under Part 107, Measure will be better able to serve its enterprise customers.
"Part 107's creation of the Remote PIC certificate, its elimination of the visual observer requirement, and permissions for drone deliveries will spur economic growth and innovation by allowing drone service operators to work more efficiently," noted Brandon Torres Declet, CEO of Measure, the nation's leading commercial Drone as a Service® operator. "The future of drone services is now, and these new rules will help our industry grow so that we can serve a broad spectrum of customer industries including telecommunications, agriculture, energy, insurance, and public safety, among others."
The rules did not allow for other key issues that Measure, along with members of the Commercial Drone Alliance, have long advocated for, including 1) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights that would give drone operators the ability to cover more areas in a shorter amount of time; and 2) nighttime operations that will benefit industries that need thermal imaging to help their work operations such as American farmers and oil and gas companies.
"With further research from educational institutions and service operators with drone flights underway, we believe that the FAA will be able to safely integrate operations that use drones to their fullest potential, such as BVLOS flights and nighttime operations."
"We will continue to work with the FAA to open up the drone industry to better serve the business needs of our enterprise customers and the safety and privacy needs of Americans," continued Torres Declet.
Learn more about 14 CFR 107.
About Measure: Measure is the nation's leading Drone as a Service® company. We provide turnkey solutions to acquire, process, and deliver cost-effective, actionable aerial data to enterprise customers. We don't make drones. We make drones work. More information is available at www.measure.aero.
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