Tea Leaves

Everyone wants to know, “when will the Part 107 rules be published”?

Anyone who says they know is just guessing, and anyone who knows won’t say.

But, here’s my reading of the tea leaves: soon.

  1. When the FAA opened the online sUAS registration system, they said that operators flying for non-hobby use will be able to register their aircraft online beginning in “March 2016”.

Well, they are on-time.  Here’s the FAA news release.

Thursday, March 31 – Starting today, owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations will be able to use the FAA’s new, streamlined, web-based registration process to register their aircraft. The web-based process will significantly speed up registration for a variety of commercial, public use and other users. Registration for those users is $5, the same low fee that model aircraft owners pay.

2. In a recent phone call to my local FSDO, I asked for the sUAS expert.  I was told that he was in Washington getting training on the new rules.

So, if I were a betting man I would say “soon”.

Update: 4/21/16 – At the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium in Daytona Beach, Fla., FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said that the final small UAS rules will be out in late spring – and will thus bring forward “routine commercial drone operations and eliminate the need for most Section 333 exemptions.”


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