FAA Rules Discourage Commercial UAS Operators Written 13 April 2020


Two drones fly above Lake Street in Reno, Nevada, 21 May 2019, as part of a NASA simulation to test emerging technology that will be used to manage hundreds of thousands of commercial, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) delivering packages. | Associated Press-©

FreightWaves reported that a new report from Frost & Sullivan “forecasts that the number of deployed drones will increase from 2.44 million in 2019 to 2.91 million in 2023,” with most of these being used to perform dangerous or undesirable functions, such as building and oil tanker inspection. Since Amazon “first began developing drones in 2013 for consumer deliveries, a multitude of companies, including UPS and FedEx, have stepped forward with their own plans for the technology,” but the Federal Aviation Administration’s “regulations for drone flight ceilings, times of operation, and visual contact by operators during flight continue to hold back the technology’s commercial cargo potential.”
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