FAA Drone Regulations Give Business Drones More Freedom To Fly

FAA Drone Regulations Give Business Drones More Freedom To Fly - Reuters/Srdjan Zivulovic

The long-awaited regulations for commercial drones go into effect Monday, and it means clearer skies for businesses looking to fly.

The Federal Aviation Administration's operational rules for small, commercial drones will put national licensing requirements in place and clarify the rules for flying. The rules only apply to drones under 55 pounds and for non-hobbyist drone use, like search-and-rescue missions, aerial photography or filming, and construction.

The rules don't address using drones for delivery purposes.

"Because of their size, drones like the ones you see today are well-suited for a wide variety of activities from oil rig inspections to search-and-rescue missions. There are dozens of missions a drone can do that would otherwise put a life at risk," Anthony Foxx, secretary of transportation at the Department of Transportation, said at a press conference about the new rules.

The FAA regulations, which can be read in full here
, dictate that the drone must stick to a maximum groundspeed of 100 miles per hour, fly no higher than a maximum altitude of 400 feet from the operator, and yield the right of way to other aircrafts.