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FAA Proposes Safety Standards for Drone Delivery

A warehouse worker is starting up a drone for drone delivery

Drone delivery has been all the buzz ever since Amazon began private trials in England, and the first customer delivery by drone recently took place. While Amazon is at the forefront of beta testing their drone delivery service, many other businesses can benefit from automated delivery. The FAA recently released a new set of safety regulations for unmanned drones that would make drone delivery a reality for many businesses. But, just like most technological advancements, local governments may regulate drone delivery use. With Agenda Discovery’s government tracking software, you can be in-the-know of legislation that has the potential to change automated delivery. 

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FAA’s New Regulations  

Through the legislative process, the U.S. Government has created multiple federal legislative laws that address the ability to pilot drone aircrafts. 

With these new rules, it’s actually making it easier for companies to incorporate drones into their delivery systems. One of the most important aspects of these regulations state that operators have more freedom than before to decide how they are flown. The FAA will now allow the drone to fly throughout the country if the required maintenance, pilot procedures, and other necessities are checked off accordingly. 

What Do New Regulations Mean For Businesses?

These new regulations have eliminated some concerns the public has had regarding companies using drones. With new guidelines on how they must be operated, businesses have a clearer perspective on what needs to be done to integrate this technology into their operations. 

Interestingly, one of these legislative mandates states that drones cannot operate in Class, B, C, D, or E at the surface airspace without proper authorization or waivers. This simply means that drones would not have flight clearance in certain air space zones, i.e. airports. That will make it very difficult for businesses to utilize drones in their operations.

Potential Legal Issues?

Part 107 of the FAA regulations mandates that they will not allow air carrier operations to partake in drone usage. In order words, companies like FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS, or anyone crossing state or national lines cannot operate under Part 107. This will greatly limit the amount of drone delivery services in the future.

Another legal issue that drone pilots must be cautious of is filing the right paperwork to operate a drone and deliver packages. Both exemptions and certifications are a lengthy process, but must be undertaken to provide delivery service for customers. With a lot of new local government policies regulating drone delivery, it can be hard to keep up with emerging regulations and how they will affect your business.

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With Agenda Discovery’s legislative tracking software, you can stay up to date on any new policies that are impacting piloting drones for commercial use. With technology as new and as life-changing as delivery drones, it’s important that your business is involved in shaping legislation. Request a demo of Agenda Discovery and stay up-to-date on policies that affect your future. 


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