The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Authority announced new safety regulations for commercial drone operations.
The rules state that drones must weigh less than 55 lbs. and must be operated during daytime or twilight hours by someone at least 16 years of age. The new regulations also prohibit flights over people on the ground not directly participating in the drone operation.
“We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world.”
The rule will take effect in late August and the FAA says it will continue to work on additional regulations that will expand commercial use of drones.