Line of sight requirements remain a large deterrent to commercial drone use
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The FAA continues to work to understand and balance the needs of commercial users, hobbyist, and national security. It is a difficult balancing act. As it stands today, drone operators cannot flying unless they maintain a visual line of sight with their aircraft (see our hobbyist drone guidelines), which works fine for hobbyist and many commercial uses (inspection services, for example).
Mashable notes, in an article yesterday:
“SANTA CRUZ, California — The FAA may loosen regulations on commercial drone operators that would make it easier for businesses, like Amazon, to operate drone-based services.
Speaking at the Drone, Data X Conference in Santa Cruz Friday, the FAA’s Jim Williams acknowledged the need to ease the regulation known as “line of sight” that requires commercial drones be kept within the field of view of the pilot.”
We expect the FAA will loosen these requirements for commercial operation over the next several months.
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