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year to make commercial drone deliveries in Blacksburg, VA.
According to Vox, Wing app users
will order items like medicine, food and
small consumer products and then have
drones deliver it, with permission to fly
outside of the usual visual sight line
rules. Amazon's Prime Air is hoping to
make deliveries of packages under five
pounds in less than 30 minutes once it
wins regulatory approval.
Unfortunately, regular drone deliveries are more hype than reality right
now, says Adam Lisberg, spokesman for
DJI. High value items - not pizzas - are
likely to be what's delivered in the short
term, he says. But wider uses are being
driven by new drone technologies that
make them more capable, such as infrared sensors that send back data, longer
battery life allowing farther flights and
larger payload capacity.
"The technology is going great,"
Lisberg says. "All over the world, smart
people are coming up with creative uses
for the technology."
"It's been said that drones are the biggest
development in aviation since the jet age,
and I totally agree," says Doug Johnson,
vice president, technology policy, CTA.
Lisberg says drones were just considered a hobby a few years ago. But as use
has soared, he worries people will have
concerns about them. For example,
London's Gatwick Airport was shut
down just before Christmas last year,
roiling travel after people reported seeing a drone in the area.

Law-Abiding Flyers

For drone technology and operations
to evolve further, Johnson says it is crucial to have a public policy environment
that supports both safety and innovation. Current federal regulations
require that drones not fly over people
or at night, that they stay below 400
feet and that operators keep them in
their line of sight. The FAA is now
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working on rules that would allow
operations over people and at night.
The FAA's Marcia Adams says, "The
FAA is responsible for the safety and
security of all aircraft in the national airspace. We're working to assure that
drones are safely integrated into that
system so our society can reap the benefits of drone technology while still allowing other airspace users to continue
their traditional operations."
The landscape is changing for recreational drone flyers as well. Until last
year, the FAA classified recreational
drones in the same way as model aircraft. In 2018, Congress passed legislation that withdrew the model aircraft
interpretation and established new
conditions for recreational use of
drones. For instance, recreational flyers
will need to take an aeronautical
knowledge test, in addition to the current requirement to register drones
weighing more than .55 pounds. A new
online notification system has made it

National Drone Safety
Awareness Week

At press time, the FAA announced
a "National Drone Safety Awareness Week" scheduled the week
of November 4, 2019. The campaign features a planned series
of nationwide events focused
on the safe operation of drones.
The FAA is working with various
partners across the U.S., including
manufacturers, retailers and trade
groups, local governments, drone
enthusiasts and other stakeholders. Learn more at www.faa.gov.

easier for those flyers to request permission to fly in controlled airspace,
and the FAA's revamped B4UFLY app
gives recreational users information
about where it's safe to fly.
The FAA has jurisdiction over drone
operations, but some states have been
passing their own laws. "We're concerned states may overreach or inhibit
the appropriate use of drones and create a patchwork that could be a problem for safety," Johnson says.

Remote ID

In 2016, FAA rules went into effect governing commercial uses for drones and
requirements for remote pilot certificates for their operators. The linchpin
to allowing expanded commercial operations, Johnson says, is remote identification for drones - sort of an electronic
license plate. Because drones are small,
they need an identification system that
will broadcast information like the
location of the operator, the serial number and telemetry. That way airport
operators, law enforcement and
national security officials have information about drones they see, especially
near sensitive areas, Johnson adds.
Remote ID already is available in all
of the DJI drones. Lisberg says they
would like to see it as a requirement for
all operators to help ensure authorities
know what they are dealing with and to
enable drones to fly farther to be more
useful. Lisberg says new technology is
improving to make flying drones without being able to see them safe: new
chips will sense aircraft nearby and
warn the drone operators, for instance,
and geo-fencing will block drones from
nearing nuclear plants, military bases
and other sensitive areas.
"Drones have been considered
emerging technology," Johnson says.
"But their greatest economic potential
is ahead of us if we can achieve the
appropriate rules and policies."
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