FAA released new proposal for commercial drone use

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The Federal Aviation Authority released a new proposal for small commercial unmanned aerial vehicles on Sunday. The new proposal could lift some restrictions on the current usage of UAVs, however, it still does not include provisions for package deliveries or pipeline inspections.

Unmanned aircraft weighing up to 55 pounds will be able to fly in daylight hours only, and will have to fly within sight of their pilots. Pilots must be 17 years of age or older, and will have to pass a written aeronautical knowledge test every two years and be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.

According to the new proposal, remote-controlled aircraft must not fly higher than 500 feet, and may fly no faster than 100 miles per hour. They may also not fly within five miles of an airport and and are prohibited from flying over bystanders not involved in its flight.

The proposal is now undergoing a 60-day public review and comment period, however, the process could take up to at least an year to be completed, according to experts.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Drone must be under 25 kilograms and can only fly in daylight hours
2. Drone must fly within sight of their pilots and height/speed regulation
3. Pilot regulation
4. Drones is prohibited to fly near an airport or flying over bystanders


VOICEOVER (in English):

“The Federal Aviation Authority has released a new proposal for small commercial drones which would allow unmanned aircraft weighing up to 55 pounds to fly in daylight hours.”

“The drones will have to fly within sight of their pilots; must not fly higher than 500 feet; and may fly no faster than 100 miles per hour.”

“Pilots must be aged 17, or older, and will have to pass a written aeronautical knowledge test every two years.”

“Drones may not fly within five miles of an airport and are prohibited from flying over bystanders not involved in the drone’s flight.”

SOURCES: Reuters, Washington Post, New York Times
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/15/us-usa-drones-regulations-idUSKBN0LJ0S120150215
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/faa-releases-proposed-rules-for-domestic-drone-use/2015/02/15/6787bdce-b51b-11e4-a200-c008a01a6692_story.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/us/faa-rules-would-limit-commercial-drone-use.html?_r=0