by Greg Cooper
The use of Unmanned Aerial Systems is a new and emerging industry. UAS also have diverse uses from recreational to search and rescue, surveying, infrastructure inspection and photography and video. Many people are not yet aware of what is involved in safe drone operations for commercial use. Here are a few common drone questions answered:
Drones are just a fun toy, right?
Although drones may be small and the pilot is operating the drone remotely, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regards and classifies all drones as aircraft, just like helicopters, small airplanes and commercial jets. Because drones operate in the same national airspace as other aircraft users, all drones need to be registered with the FAA.
Do you need to be licensed to fly a drone?
Any commercial use of a drone requires the remote pilot to be licensed by the FAA. This license demonstrates that the remote pilot has the knowledge and understanding of the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures to safely fly drones in the national...more