FAA pushing more drone regs

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing to launch a new set of drone regulations.

The FAA issued new requirements for drone operators in June, requiring people piloting these unmanned aircraft to pass an aviation test and register their drones with the government, but they must maintain a visual line of sight when they are flying these devices.

The new drone rules will address situations in which unmanned aircraft systems fly over people who are not inside of cars or buildings. This practice is currently prohibited, but the agency may make exceptions in the new rules due by the end of the year. 

The FAA on Monday sent the proposal to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, which must sign off on the rules before the agency’s moves forward in the process.

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