FAA Proposed Regulations Good For Commercial Drone Operators

The Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed commercial drone rules could expand drone use in agriculture, filming and other ventures.

According to an FAA press release dated Feb 15, 2015 (link to PR HERE)
The DOT and FAA have proposed new rules for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  The FAA proposal covers rules for small UAS, under 55 pounds, that conduct non-recreational operations.  The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual line-of-sight. operation, as well a flights should be limited to 500 feet altitude and no faster than 100 mph.  Under the proposed rule, an operator of the small UAS would need to be 17 years or older, pass a knowledge test, and obtain a FAA UAS operator certificate.

The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule. The FAA encourages new operators to visit:
http://www.knowbeforeyoufly.org

An overview of the Small UAS rule can be viewed at:
http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/media/021515_sUAS_Summary.pdf

Here is a fact sheet about UAS from the FAA:
http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=18297

The FAA maintains an Unmanned Aircraft Systems section of their website.  You can find it HERE