The Drone/UAV/UAS industry is one of the most exciting emerging industries in the world today. Financial analysts project the economic impact of the Drone/UAV/UAS industry will be $13 billion dollars by 2017 and $82 billion dollars by 2025 in the U.S. alone! The same analysts also project 103,000 new U.S. jobs will be created by 2025.
In addition to having broad knowledge of Drone/UAV/UAS law, I am the President and General Counsel of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Drone/UAV/UAS company named SkyViewHD. I have successfully filed Section 333 FAA Petitions and Amendments which are presently required under the FAA guidelines in order to provide drone services for commercial purposes although that will change with proposed regulatory changes as outlined below. With my experience, I am able to address regulatory issues in compliance with the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 mandated by the U.S. Congress.
To provide some background on the FAA’s role, the FAA has been tasked with regulating Drones/UAVs/UASs in the U.S. and presently the only manner in which you may fly a Drone/UAV/UAS for commercial purposes in the U.S. is by being successfully granted an FAA Section 333 exemption. With that being said, there will be significant regulatory changes occurring in mid-2016 which will allow a non-pilot to fly a Drone/UAV/UAS for commercial purposes. The new regulation is commonly referred to as “Part 107″ and instead of needing to be a licensed pilot to fly, an operator will need take an aeronautical knowledge test and acquire an operator’s certificate. Part 107 will also allow an operator to fly a Drone/UAV/UAS weighing 4.4 lbs. or less over non-participants. The complete details of Part 107 have not been finalized but it is an important step to further integrate Drones/UAVs/UASs into U.S. airspace.
The FAA presents unique regulatory challenges to commercial Drone/UAV/UAS operators and it is important to utilize someone experienced in the procedure who will help you through the process.
Such an exciting and evolving industry creates significant challenges as regulations, laws and requirement are changing constantly. While the opportunity is remarkable, you will face important decisions as the industry develops from a hobby user base to a commercial user base. With significant and difficult choices ahead, you need competent legal counsel and I am able to help both businesses and individuals navigate the Drone/UAV/UAS market.
The petitions I file are for almost every type of aerial imaging and data capture including any remote sensing and measuring by instruments and cameras aboard the Drone/UAV/UAS such as photography, videography, site and structure inspections, infrared imaging, precision surveying, RF analysis, precision agriculture, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) data capture, chemical measurement and particulate measurement.
As I am experienced in this industry and have successfully handled FAA regulatory issues, I am able to provide important guidance in the complex Drone/UAV/UAS market.
Contact me today to discuss how to legally maximize your opportunities in the exciting Drone/UAV/UAS industry.
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