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DOT and FAA Announce New Regulations For Drones

Operational rules will create new opportunities for business and government to use unmanned aircraft

June 21, 2016

The utilization of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial uses is in a very early stage. But with the issuance on June 21 by the FAA of operational rules for commercial uses of UAS, this industry sector will “take flight” quickly. Part 107 sets forth these operational rules. 

An excerpt from the Department of Transportation press release:  

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace...


"We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world."


Read more from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Click here to view a PDF of the presentation on Drones in Agribusiness, presented June 21.  

View the entire webinar here (via Adobe Connect). 


Ernie Pearson is a member of Nexsen Pruet PLLC whose practice has focused on economic development matters since 1993, when he left state government after serving as Assistant Secretary of Economic Development for the State. He can be reached at (919) 755-1800 or at