Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones.
The NPRM appears to take a practical approach to regulating the burgeoning UAS industry and will provide a platform for services that ERM plans to provide to the blasting industry. Final rules may be in place at the earliest in 2017. In the meantime, commercial use of UAS can only be conducted legally under exemption from certain FAA regulations.
ERM has applied for FAA exemption and hopes to be able to legally operate UAS in support of blasting operations in a few months.