The commercial drone regulations finalized this week by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which simplify the rules about operating the unmanned crafts, were generally welcomed by insurers, although one major carrier was not satisfied with one of the operational guidelines.
The new instructions, which were released Tuesday and go into effect in late August, cover aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds and when used for “non-hobbyist operations.” The FAA is allowing drones to be flown below 400 feet from the ground and more than five miles from airports without agency permission – as long as the operator has the craft in sight at all times. This will allow carriers to more freely operate the crafts for building inspections and insurance claims.
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