The FAA unveiled its highly anticipated proposed regulation for the commercial use of small drones weighing less than 55 pounds on February 15, nearly four years later than expected. The agency's release of the rule on a Sunday coincided with the release of a Presidential memorandum setting privacy guidelines for federal agencies that use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Under the FAA's proposed rule, which it called a "framework of regulations," operators would be required to fly drones within their unaided line of sight, to a maximum altitude of 500 feet above ground level and during daylight hours. Flights in airspace sectors other than Class G uncontrolled airspace would require local ATC permission to maintain a buffer between manned and unmanned aircraft. The rule contains a "micro UAS option" that would permit more flexible operation in Class G airspace for drones weighing 4.4 pounds or less Full Story - AIN Online
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