Commercial Drone: Wait for Part 107 or Get a 333 Exemption?

Launching a commercial operation in a new (and highly regulated) market requires calculated choices about business goals, the regulatory environment, the competitive landscape, and timing.

For the past four years, the FAA has required commercial drone operators in the United States to have a 333 Exemption. This has been a major regulatory hurdle for early adopters and business innovators.

But, the FAA is expected to finalize formal rules for commercial UAVs in late spring. Titled Part 107, the new rules are expected to lower the barrier to entry for new commercial drone programs.

So, if you are on the verge of launching a commercial drone operation today, you have a few choices:

  1. Operate without permission from the FAA
  2. Apply for a 333 Exemption from the FAA
  3. Wait for the FAA to finalize formal rules (Part 107)        READ MORE HERE FROM sUAS NEWS
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