Aerial of tennis complex
Rapid Aerial Imaging captures footage of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Cincinnati.

“Non-commercial users don’t have as many restrictions,” he said. “Some moron is going to fly a drone near an airport and cause a collision.”

New rules for how small drones can operate commercially will go into effect by the end of the month, and some businesses and aviation enthusiasts think the change could spur economic development and some challenges at airports in
the region.

The relaxed regulations, called Part 107, make it easier for businesses to utilize drones as long as they stay within a set of guidelines including: only daylight operation of drones that weigh 55 pounds or less, below 400 feet in the air at speeds of 100 mph or slower.

“People will be able to operate commercially. That is a positive because it opens up more commercial airspace,” said David Gallagher from the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center and Test Complex in Springfield.

Still, more drones in the air is a concern for some airports like the ones located in southern Montgomery County and Butler and Warren counties. Dennis Fisher, president and chief pilot of Rapid Aerial Imaging, said the concern is more hobbyists and commercial users “operating outside the regulations.”

The result — of even a small drone hitting a plane — would be “catastrophic” to an aircraft taking off or landing, he said. George Bockerstette, manager of the Moraine Airpark, said drones that come near airports and don’t communicate with air traffic should be fined.  “It is dangerous for planes.”

Fisher said pilots and drone operators are still waiting to see how the rules evolve with time.  The new rules mean it should be easier for businesses to avoid seeking an exemption. [Referring to 333]

The enactment of the new laws come on the heels of the fifth annual UAS Midwest Conference, hosted in downtown Dayton at the convention center early this week. Industry leaders met to discuss the fast-paced industry and its impacts on the region.

During a panel about the commercial operations of drones, business leaders discussed how some industries are already utilizing drones for their companies.

Ramanathan Sugumaran, a manager of knowledge based solutions at John Deere, said they are already utilizing drones to fly over fields. “Our company always looks at new, innovative products,” Sugumaran said. “Why is John Deere interested in drones? John Deere is not interested in drones. John Deere is interested in … the data coming from the drones.”

But flying a drone for commercial use requires passing a written test for a certification that covers the “majority of low-risk, commercial UAS flight operations,” according to the FAA. The test costs $150, and some local airports will administer the tests, including Moraine Airpark and Dayton-Wright
Brothers Airport.

Bockerstette said eight people have already signed up for the test for Aug. 29 and Aug. 30, and he only expects that amount to increase.

“Local businesses will profit from this.”

This article is from the Dayton Daily News. I probably should have titled it the good, the bad and the ugly. I am posting it because I think it is pretty representative of both the concerns and optimism surrounding Part 107.
The guy who is worried about the morons will no doubt be double delighted…to learn that no one is to call the tower anymore, and to learn that non-commercial users will not fly under Part 107. Such is the state of confusion and reporting surrounding this.
And there’s plenty more. Leave it to the Salina Journal to put the whole thing in sharp perspective with the headline New FAA drone rule lowers pilot requirements. Yep that pretty much gets it.
The Wichita Eagle story shares the same headline and features an interview: “We’re basically going to be competitors with the clients we’ve been working for because the new rule’s pilot requirements are less stringent than the ones in the FAA’s Section 333.” A very reasonable concern.
As for the guy from John Deere – I’ll bet we’ll see him at a conference…
I am not sure if this was part of the master plan but the idea is certainly out there now. So much for any business value associated with 107…



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