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Senator Wants to Ease Up on Domestic Drone Regulations

U.S. Senator Cory Booker has introduced the "Commercial UAS Modernization Act," which could create temporary rules to allow commercial drone operations in the United States.

Forbes reported that the bill could be presented to the Senate's Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security for the purposes of using small drones for surveying construction sites or mapping crops.

The bill would create a temporary set of rules until the FAA issues a final set of conditions, which it has said could take up to two years. Booker's proposed legislation will allow operators that have passed a knowledge test to operate drones commercially below a 500-foot limit, whereas the FAA has proposed that operators have private pilot's licenses. The legislation does concur with the FAA that the small unmanned aircraft systems should operate below a 500-foot limit, within the FAA's already defined visual flight rules, and only during daylight, with exceptions.

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Forbes reported that the bill could be presented to the Senate's Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security for the purposes of using small drones for surveying construction sites or mapping crops.

The bill would create a temporary set of rules until the FAA issues a final set of conditions, which it has said could take up to two years. Booker's proposed legislation will allow operators that have passed a knowledge test to operate drones commercially below a 500-foot limit, whereas the FAA has proposed that operators have private pilot's licenses. The legislation does concur with the FAA that the small unmanned aircraft systems should operate below a 500-foot limit, within the FAA's already defined visual flight rules, and only during daylight, with exceptions.

Read Full Article