The Federal Aviation Administration announced its proposal this morning for what rules should govern small unmanned aerial systems, meaning drones 55 pounds or lighter. We do not know how long it will take for the rules to go into effect. When they do, the new rules will permit vastly more drone use in the United States, bringing us closer into line with other countries where drones can be commercially operated today.
What follows is a list of concerns and hopes many have followed by a brief analysis of how the proposed rules fare in addressing them. For more, I encourage you to read my Forbes colleague Gregory McNeal’s excellent blogging as well.