Federal Regulators Speed Approvals of Commercial Drone Use

According to Reuters, US aviation regulators unveiled a new policy yesterday to speed up approval for the use of commercial drones in the United States under certain conditions. As described,

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in a move first reported by Reuters last week, said it would award “blanket” certification allowing companies exempt from a U.S. ban on commercial drones to begin using the aircraft at altitudes of up to 200 feet (61 meters) during daylight hours and within the operator’s visual line of sight.

At the same time, the Maryland legislature is considering a law that would preempt county and municipal governments from making any regulation of drone use to protect public safety or personal privacy.

MACo has asked the House of Delegate’s to consider a 3-year sunset on the preemption of county and municipal law, allowing for the General Assembly to revisit the issue after the technologies have more fully emerged.

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Read complete report from Reuters here.