The Trump administration proposes new rules that allow drones to fly at night without waiving and allowing flights over populated areas.
Transport Secretary Elaine Chao Elaine Lan ChaoPrecessors suing Trump's administration over decommissioning, claiming work without pay violates 13th Amendment Trump's changing cabinet to introduce new faces Trump to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos for other years more during a Monday speech in Washington, DC, expressed the vision behind the proposal, which would effectively cease certain provisions that have prevented the use of small unmanned commercial vehicles.
"First, the department is ready to issue a comment on a proposed new rule that allows drones to fly overnight and over people without exceptions, if certain conditions are met," she said, according to a copy of her remarks. .
The proposal will be open to the public nt for 60 days before it can be completed.
Chao said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intends to both mitigate the risk of drones potentially disturbing other aircraft and ensuring that both humans and property on the ground are protected.
The changes will be welcome news for companies such as Amazon and Alphabet Inc., two major companies that see the eyes of packages.
"This will help societies reap the significant economic benefits of this growing industry and help our country remain global technological leader," Chao said in her remarks to the nonprofit Transportation Research Board.
Under the proposed rules, the FAA amends the need for drone operators to receive exceptions in order to fly the unmanned vehicles at night. The agency said it did not receive any reported drone accidents in 201
The FAA would require drone operators to have "an anti-collision light illuminated and visible in at least 3 statutes miles," the proposal said.
The FAA also implements another set of rules for small drones.
Those weighing 0.55 pounds or less could fly over populated areas without further restrictions. But manufacturers of drones weighing more than that should show that if their product "crashed into a person, the resulting damage would be below a certain severity limit," the proposal says.
The proposed changes doubt that drones could cause major disturbances – if it does not pose a danger – to commercial airlines and other aircraft.
In recent weeks, two London airports have had to delay or cancel flights after receiving reports of possible drone observations.