Drone regulation is an ever-evolving subject. For every new opportunity and piece of tech that comes along, there are questions over correct practice and uniformity in laws. The FAA continues to update its guidelines and amendments to cover new rules and restrictions as they come into place. At the same time, bodies such as the ULC attempt to challenge current legislation over privacy concerns.
What is clear and legal today may, at some point in the future, alter and become illegal. That is why it is important that all drone owners and operators keep up with current rules, trends, and amendments. The more that drone operators know, the easier it is to stay compliant and work without concerns.
There are three major factors to consider right now with the state of FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drone regulations in 2018. They are as follows:
- The current rules and regulations on the basic flight as detailed by the FAA
- New challenges by the ULC over airspace ownership and aerial trespass
- Issues of national security and restrictions around military sites
Some of these regulations are set in stone and operators must adhere to them at all times, whatever the purpose of the flight. Other amendments are a little more fluid and pertain to specific sites. Then there are the legal challenges that may or may not affect drone laws in the future.
It is a complicated mix of issues. But, drone users that keep up with these trends and alterations should have few issues.