Commercial Drones are Clear For Takeoff, per FAA

These new regulations allow thousands of new commercial drone operators to fly under certain guidelines. Until now, you had to make special requests to the FAA to fly commercial drones; the process was holding back many businesses from flying drones to complete projects.

Logan flying a drone for commercial use, taking pictures of a nearby development

Logan flying a drone for commercial use, taking pictures of a nearby development

Here are the guidelines made for commercial drones:


  • Drones must be flown within visual sight of the operator
  • Must weigh less than 55 pounds.
  • Altitudes are restricted to 400 feet
  • UAV may not be operated within 5 miles of any airport.
  • Also, no flying faster than 100 mph.
  • These new rules take effect in August


So what does this mean for commercial drone operators?


It gives commercial drone operators access to the skies without going through permissions with the FAA as long as an operator follows the above rules. Operators will still need to pass a flight class for certification, and be over the age of 16, but requesting specific permissions is no longer needed.


According to USA Today “The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group, projects 70,000 jobs and $13.6 billion in economic impact will be created in the U.S. within three years of drones being allowed to fully share the skies. Amazon, Google and Wal-Mart are testing drones for deliveries.”


These new rules will not just have an impact on the drone market, Amazon, and Wal-Mart but in multiple markets that may include:

  • Agriculture
  • Engineering
  • Land management
  • Cinematography/Photography
  • Real Estate
  • Architecture
  • GIS/ Surveying


The growing drone industry has really helped promote sky safety and creativity. The FAA has recognized the progress in the drone world and with the new commercial drone rules this industry will only get bigger.


Wolf-Tek can also see the progress with our drone applications, drones, and GIS software with the new regulations.


The more commercial users to freely pursue flying without permissions, the more likely they are to investigate and try our Drone-Tek app, GIS apps that can be linked to drone surveying, and soon our new drone currently being developed.


If you are a drone user, a drone fanatic, or someone interested in working with drones, these new regulations are truly something to rejoice about.

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