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Any way you cut it, the commercial use of unmanned drone aircraft is presently illegal in the United States. However, one needn't dig too deep into industries such as filmmaking, real estate, and farming to find the prolific use of drones for professional purposes. Spurred by rapid advances in technology, the Federal Aviation Administration is currently overhauling its official regulations that dictate what is and isn't legal in regard to the commercial use of drones, but this ruling could take well over a year to arrive. In the interim, the FAA is presently considering the creation of a quick permit-approval process for professional drone operators.
Speaking at the 2014 sUSB Expo in Florida last week, Jim Williams, chief of the FAA's unmanned aircraft division, announced that the US agency is currently considering this quick approval process, and hopes to implement it later this year, ahead of the new laws regulating the use of commercial drones. While this is exciting news for filmmakers, the process is at least six months out, and not expected to go into effect until November of this year.
"In the interim, the FAA is presently considering the creation of a quick
permit-approval process for professional drone operators."
It should be noted that the FAA is stating that this approval process will be for a limited number of operators, and apply only to aircraft weighing fewer than 55 pounds. For a complete understanding of the laws surrounding drone use, be sure to check out the B&H Explora post entitled, Are Quadcopters Legal?