The Federal Aviation Administration’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule, called Part 107, broadly authorized simple, visual line-of-sight operations with drones that weigh less than 55 pounds. Part 107 was considered by most to be a strong first step toward integrating drones into the national airspace. But that is all it was — the first in a series of what were supposed be incremental regulations to foster this growing industry and enable safe operations. Now, however, President Trump’s Jan. 30, 2017, executive order requiring government agencies to identify two existing regulations to repeal before publicly proposing a new regulation is hampering the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry’s ability to move beyond Part 107.
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