A new ruling from the Federal Aviation Administration that went into effect this past Monday will make it easier for companies to fly drones if certain guidelines are followed. Fortune staffer Jonathan Vanian explains the new regulation, which requires operators to pass a certification exam, not fly drones over 100 mph or 400 ft and and avoid flying them at night.
The new ruling is viewed as a milestone by the FAA for an industry (commercial drones) that could bring in an estimated $82 billion for the U.S. economy. However these businesses must do the following:
Still, the new ruling does not allow for businesses to fly drones at night, beyond the line of site of human drone operators, or above the heads of pedestrians. In these cases, businesses must seek permission from the government for projects that fall “outside the perimeters of what is included in the rule,” said Huerta.