American companies have been banking on drones from the very beginning. As the demand for more unmanned aircrafts rises, drone manufacturers have made a hefty profit selling their different models. In August 29 of this year, when the United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) released a new set of laws clarifying the extent through which small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, can be used for legitimate commercial purposes, the business community rejoiced.
Provisions of the New Drone Laws
According to the new rules, commercial drones must not exceed 55 pounds. They should fly a maximum altitude of 400 feet above the ground. Speed limit was set to 100 miles per hour. The laws were strict against nighttime flying. All drones were mandated to operate during the day. Drone pilots must be at least 16 years old and should have a flying certificate or be considered a qualified candidate.
In the past, drone operators had to go through an expensive and dragging process of getting special waivers from the FAA to use UAVs for commercial reasons.
A representative from DJI, one of the biggest drone makers in the world, said that FAA rules used to be so unfriendly to commercial drone operators, who had to wait for months just to get an exemption and hire a pilot with a FAA-approved license. Those bottlenecks and red tapes were great sources of frustration and discouraged many companies from tapping the real potential of drones and initiating more innovations for the benefit of the industry.
The new drone laws allow drones to be utilized in numerous industries including academic research, film, logistics and couriers, search and rescue, reconnaissance, surveillance or monitoring, agriculture, shipping and many other fields requiring convenient, inexpensive and effective forms of assistance.
If there is no option but to fly at night, drone operators will have to apply for waivers and comply with the 400 feet flying limit. Many businessmen were elated with the new rules. An estimated income of $82 billion, in addition to 100,000 new jobs, may be generated in the next decade, thanks to the establishment of new drone laws.
Drone Deliveries Becoming a Hit
The new laws may not have tackled much about drone deliveries, but researchers expect increased research and innovation on the subject. However, despite the fact that most deliveries are now outsourced to places outside of the United States, several businesses like Amazon have already planned to use drones for delivering items (e.g. books, magazines or novels) to homes within the borders.
Drone deliveries are also making waves in the food industry. A Domino Pizza branch based in New Zealand had recently delivered pizza by way of drone. Companies branded the event as the first commercial “pizza-by-drone” delivery model.
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Boeing had also started their drone operations in Australia, which was among the first countries to regulate UAVs. America had been slow on the uptake, but it has surprisingly expressed support for newly established drone laws.
What is taking America so long to implement major changes? Some people suspect it had something to do with the increasingly dense population rate. However, Americans remain hopeful that this year or early next year, they’d finally see drones delivering pizza or an Amazon order right on their doorstep.