Effective August 29, 2016, the FAA’s new drone/UAV regulations; known as Part 107, took effect. This rule greatly simplifies the commercial operation of drones/UAVs. Potential pilots may now take a tailored exam to become a licensed Remote Pilot In Charge, rather than following the previous process of 333 exemptions and Certificates of Authorization. A full pilot’s license is no longer needed, however the process for existing licensed pilots to add the Part 107 to their certification has also been simplified into an online exam. Familiar regulations apply to new Remote Pilots in Charge. Highlights include; the vehicle must fly under 400-feet, be within line-of-sight, and be registered with the FAA, as well as no flights over people or at night.
The FAA UAS website is full of useful information and has several new sections that detail the new rules and regulations.