FAA Releases New Rules for Commercial Drones
New Guidelines Have Big Implications for News Reporting
by Joseph Newbury, age 12
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released rules about commercial use of drones. According to these new guidelines drones can now be used by journalists.
In 2013, Matt Waite, a journalist and educator, was given $50,000 from the government to start a drone program named the “Drone Journalism Lab.” That Summer Waite received a note from the FAA informing him that he can’t use drones for journalism. At the time, it was only okay to fly a drone for commercial purposes if one had a pilot’s license, which Waite later obtained. However, it was hard for many people to obtain a pilot’s license while they already had busy jobs as journalists.
The new rules state that one no longer needs a pilot’s license to use drones for commercial purposes. But one does need to pass a 40-question multiple choice quiz, understand English and be at least 16 years old. [Read More]