blaster_mon: thanks for the update. Sounds like professional uses are a go--as long as they done by trained operators and are not in populated areas. Do you think that rules out real estate uses? What about areial mapping?
I've just finished reviewing the recently published Drone/UAV NPR. interesting reading https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=18295 For small UAV's (SUAV) operating non-recreationly (for a profit ?), they are proposing a license requirment for the operator: a aeronautical knowledge test with recurrent training every 24 months.
I'm surmising that the concern is that operators understand the "rules" of operation: i.e. basic VFR requirments, definitions of the classes of airspace, air traffic control requirments, etc.
airworthiness certification will not be required of the aircraft, but the proposal is stating that the operator is responsible for conducting a pre-flight and is ultimately responsible for airworthiness.
other regulations appear to remain the same:
1. less than 500 ft.
2. less than 100 knots
3. stay outside of controlled airspace (class G airspace operation only); away from airports and approach corridors.
4. stay away from those not active participants in the operation.
5. be the first to "avoid" in a "see and avoid" situation.
It would appear that the recreational SUAV will still be regulated by the model aircraft rules which is still, basically, 1 thru 5 above. If you're flying SUAV's reading and learning the rules is probably a good investment in time/energy... so you don't end up getting a ticket/fine from the FAA without knowing you've broken the rules....
Amazon delivering packages is still a long way away....
blaster_mon: You certainly know what's happening. Also it seems that Amazon delivering packages is down for the count becz of #3 and #5. Since you an engineer with a pilot's license and all, does that give you any advantage? Whats the application for your drone business your getting into?
Sending your drone next door to take pictures of your neighbor sunbathing nude is already illegal (see #5 below). In today's political world (subject to change of course), once the drone leaves the ground it's in FAA land.... Currently, local law enforcement do not have the juristiction to enforce anything drone related. Nor are there state/local laws to that effect. I
Post 9.11 a number of states tried to pass state legislation regarding flight schools in their state. Not in their juristiction.
I'm an engineer getting into the drone/UAV business, and a professional pilot with an airline transport rating.. and a active flight instructor.
The issue is the safety of the airspace, And the airspace system is based on "see and avoid"; a pilot in the cockpit recognizing a danger and taking action to mitigate the danger. The congress has legislated that the FAA integrate drones (UAV's) into the airspace system by 2015, Congress can legislate all they want, but it's not going to happen until the FAA can guarentee the safe integration of UAV's and commercial aircraft.
The FAA has recently made public a "roadmap" for the integration of UAV's into the airspace. they identify a number of issues that need to be resolved before that can happen and they give no difinitive time frame. But they imply years of testing and research: new procedures, technology, etc.
Currently the FAA is issuing COA's on a case by case basis allowing drones (UAV's) into the airspace, but so far only to organizations. Not to individuals. The applicant for the COA must show that the operation is in the public interest and that the public safety is not being compromised.
There seems to be a lot of confusion on where this issue stands.
I'll bet the drone penetrating the WhiteHouse secret service security will have a strong effect on drone laws If it were my choice, I would ban all drones from Washington D.C. and put a high-powered laser on the grounds to shoot down drones before they even get close to the fence.
@Sanjib.A: Has India finally understood that drone culture is catching up fast? It'll be interesting to see how they plan to regulate the rules of drone use over civilian population because as we know the Indian Government is regressive to high tech change, but they are in the process of changing their outlook (since they elected a new Prime Minister).
Yes, it will just be matter of months or a year at most, until drones are legalized worldwide. Next will be whether its legal to destroy a drone that's peaking in your window :)
@R_Colin_Johnson: The laws regarding drone use has to be really tight and should address all issues (both ethical and technical) that creates nuisance to human life. It may be the case that a drone is flying blind and creates nuisance for people and people file a lawsuit against the operator but clearly the drone had some technical difficulties.
Any Internet of Things (IoT) devfice can get into the free online IoT App Store just by using the free Ubuntu Core stripped down to fit into not just drones and wearables, but any industrial, commercial or consumer electronics device. I say this because the copy-editor's headline makes it sound like its only for drones and wearables, but those are just the first two applications in the IoT App Store. Soon there will be IoT devices in every category in the IoT App Store. Developers take note that you don't have to buy the device in the store to create a cool app for it, Ubuntu supplies an on-line simulator in the cloud that lets you validate your app without ever touching the hardware. What have you got to loose? They also supply the cloud-based development tools. In fact, I think I will start developing some apps. I can think of some cool ones right off the bat for drones, and by Sept. 2015 nearly any drone app will be legalized by the FAA.