PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On Monday the Federal Aviation Administration will be loosening up restrictions on who can operate commercial drones.
The new rules, officially known as Part 107, are being welcomed by news agencies, who have relied heavily on helicopters for aerial views for years. Matt Taylor is owner and operator of MT Drone Solutions in Lumberton, Burlington County.
“The technology is so good and the cameras are so good that some of what’s available could rival some of the helicopter shots that you would normally see for a newscast, but then the great thing about it is you don’t have to have someone who has years of training and the expense of flying a helicopter,” Taylor said.
Part 107 calls for drone flights at or below 400 feet and the remote pilot must have the drone within line of sight, among other things. Taylor said drone usage has increased dramatically and the FAA felt it had to get out in front of the issue, but Taylor said he expects more fine-tuning of the rules in the future.