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FLYING DRONES FOR BUSINESS: Regulations are Finally Here! - PPA Today

FLYING DRONES FOR BUSINESS: Regulations are Finally Here!

This has been a HUGE week for Drones! The FAA finally released their new regulations covering UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and PPA has read all 600 pages to help YOU better understand how to (legally) incorporate drones into your business. 

You can head over to to get all the latest information, but we've got a summary for you to get you started and answer your most basic questions.

So...You Want to Be a Small Drone Pilot...

To become a pilot you must: 

Be at least 16 years old
Be able to read, speak, write and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet this requirement for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment)
Be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAS
Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center

How Do I Apply for a Remote Pilot Certificate?

1. Schedule an appointment with a Knowledge Testing Center (there are over 700 locations in the U.S).
2. Pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test. 
3. Complete FAA Form 8710-13 for a Remote Pilot Certificate.
4. Pass the TSA security background check. You will then receive a confirmation email containing instructions for printing a temporary remote pilot certificate from IACRA (Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application). 
5. Receive a permanent remote pilot certificate via mail once all other FAA-internal processing is complete. 

Once certified, your certification must be easily accessible by the remote pilot during all UAS operations. It is valid for two years, after which you must pass a recurrent knowledge test to renew your certification.

Aircraft Requirements

Less than 55 lbs.
Must be registered; available at for a $5 fee

Operating Rules (subject to waiver)

Class G airspace
Must keep the aircraft in visual line-of-sight
Must fly under 400 ft.
Must fly during the day
Must fly at or below 100 mph
Must yield right-of-way to manned aircraft
Cannot fly over people
Cannot fly from a moving vehicle

What's On the Test??

Here are initial test knowledge areas we know will be part of the 60-question test:

Applicable regulations relating to small UAS rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small UAS
Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small UAS performance
Small UAS loading and performance
Emergency procedures
Crew resource management
Radio communication procedures
Determining the performance of a small UAS
Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
Airport operations
Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures

Be sure to check out the FAA's site for helpful things like study guides (once available) and information on the B4UFLY app, which quickly and easily helps you know if you're in the correct airspace, among other tips and FAQs. 

And, of course, bookmark for all the latest information you need to know to incorporate drones into your business and Be More Abuzz! 

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