Drones: FAA Puts Out the New Rules; They’re Not Laws…Yet

by Nils Granholm – Cavus Media LLC


Part 107, the latest in legislative FAA goodness and the requirements for commercial drone use in the U.S., was released  June 21, 2016. This is the big jump we all have been waiting for as it relates to the UAS community, and it makes the lives of those wanting to get into commercial drone work a little easier.

For those that fly for recreation, you can stop reading now and go and play.  Nothing here for you.


Here is a quick sum up of what the FAA put out:

What you must do

  • Register your aircraft with the FAA and mark the aircraft appropriately
  • Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test through an “FAA-approved knowledge testing center” OR if you already hold a Part 61 certificate (often referred to as a pilot’s license), pass an online course (Part 107 training is expected to launch today at faasafety.gov)
  • Apply for and receive a remote pilot airman certificate with an UAS rating
  • Pass a pilot’s knowledge test every two years
  • Conduct preflight checks to ensure that UAS are in safe operational condition
  • more at Adorama Learning Center


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The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the final Small UAS Rule this week. The press release is available at: https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=20515

Please note that all provisions of the Rule, including all pilot requirements and operating rules, will be effective in August 2016, 60 days after the rule is published in the Federal Register. 

Details about the rule are available on the FAA’s UAS website.



Nils Granholm – Cavus Media LLC

Nils been piloting remotely piloted vehicles since 1986, specializing in aerial imaging. He has supported the US Department of Homeland Security for over 10 years, Volkswagen of North America and been on Hollywood production teams. He has over 5500 hours of RPV flight time and is one of the principal engineers with the latest UFOptic 8 helicopter. Prior to co-founding Cavus Media LLC, Nils was a United States Army Combat Medic stationed at Walter Reed Hospital and has been a volunteer fireman/EMT for over 20 years, in addition to being a Father/Husband.

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