On August 29t, new rules came into effect which now allow commercial drone pilots to operate without a full pilot’s license and case-by-case permission. Instead they now just need to pass a certification test, while agreeing to abide by certain regulations. The change in legislation is known as the Small UAS Rule and was first passed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June this year.
Drone USA, which develops and manufactures low altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) together with related technologies, sees this new rule passed by the FAA which governs drones, UAVs and unmanned aerial systems (UASs) in U.S. airspace, as very much aligned with their current business model and the commercial drone segment of their business.
According to Michael Bannon, Drone USA’s chief executive officer, “Small UAS Rule will completely change the Commercial Drone market and within the first day of the new regulations going into effect the FAA reported receiving over 3,000 new applicants preregistering to take the certification test. We are confident that Small UAS Rule will significantly broaden the commercial use of UAV Systems in sectors such as precision agriculture, utilities inspection, mapping, mining, and public safety. We fully intend to capitalize on this opportunity and use it grow the Commercial Drone segment of our business.”
With its headquarters at One World Trade Center in New York, NY, Drone USA intends to target markets including select defense segments (military), public safety (police, fire, emergency response), and high-growth commercial applications including agriculture, photogrammetry, mining, utilities, and entertainment. Drone USA also intends to strengthen its systems portfolio through the acquisition of additional UAV firms which will likely have superior technologies that are already proven in high-growth markets.
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