You can visit the following Link to see the latest interesting propose regulations from the FAA for personal Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), aka all the little flying things that you see everywhere 😉 . A good summary document could be found in:
They come to say:
The new rule also proposes operating limitations designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground:
- A small UAS operator must always see and avoid manned aircraft. If there is a risk of collision, the UAS operator must be the first to maneuver away.
- The operator must discontinue the flight when continuing would pose a hazard to other aircraft, people or property.
- A small UAS operator must assess weather conditions, airspace restrictions and the location of people to lessen risks if he or she loses control of the UAS.
- A small UAS may not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight.
- Flights should be limited to 500 feet altitude and no faster than 100 mph.
- Operators must stay out of airport flight paths and restricted airspace areas, and obey any FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).
The proposed rule maintains the existing prohibition against operating in a careless or reckless manner. It also would bar an operator from allowing any object to be dropped from the UAS.
Personally, I think they are going in the right direction with these regulations, with the exception from passing exam every 24 months which I consider excessive. I think it should be handle exactly as the radio controlled aircrafts, where you are fully responsible for your acts and you can not fly the aircraft further than you could see without any visual enhancement.
Lets see where it ends!