Measure issues statement on FAA rules for commercial drone use

Measure, a commercial drone as a service operator in the US, has issued a statement that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)´s Part 107 on small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for commercial use does not allow for issues members of the Commercial Drone Alliance has advocated for, the company said.

Part 107 established the “remote pilot in command” (Remote PIC) certification, replacing the previous requirement for a manned pilot´s license. The rule also stated that a visual observer will no longer be necessary during drone flights, and allows for external load operations or deliveries using drones. Measure said these expanded permissions will allow it to better serve its enterprise customers.

The company said the rules do not allow “beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS) flights that would give drone operators the ability to cover more areas in a shorter amount of time. The rules also do not allow for nighttime operations that will benefit industries needing thermal imaging to help their work operations such as American farmers and oil and gas companies.

The company said with further research, it believes the FAA will be able to integrate operations that use drones to their fullest potential.

Measure provides turnkey solutions to acquire, process, and deliver aerial data to enterprise customers.