Drones In U.S. AirspaceBill Carey
After more than a decade of development, the FAA issued a final regulation governing the commercial use of drones weighing less than 55 lb. —Part 107—in August 2016. Part 107 restricts operators to flying their aircraft within visual line of sight, during daylight hours and other conditions, except by waiver. (A final regulation published on Jan. 15 permits routine operations of drones at night or over people under certain conditions, using a risk-based approach.)
Aspiring commercial drone companies in recent years have sought more flexibility by certifying their operations under Part 135 to become air carriers. Featured in the gallery is a selection of some of the commercial and public service drones operating in the U.S. national airspace system.