Drone enthusiasts and hobbyists have been using drones for decades to fly missions for their own hobby, but they’ve never had a chance to use them for a serious purpose.
Now, they’re getting closer.
The FAA says it’s going to expand drone use to include people who have a disability.
That includes people who can’t use a wheelchair or have a vision impairment, and it means they can’t be using a drone for a drone commercial purpose.
The agency says the goal is to make drones more accessible and affordable.
But there are still limitations to how the FAA can make the rules easier for the public.
For instance, people who need to be in a confined space and have a physical limitation such as a spinal cord injury can’t operate a drone.
Other rules can’t apply to drones that are designed for hobbyists or students.
And it’s still up in the air if drones can be used for commercial purposes.
The rules will come into effect next year, but it’s too soon to say how they will be enforced.
The rule changes are part of an effort to streamline the regulations for drone use.
That’s something the FAA said last year it was working on, and now that the rules have been finalized, the agency says it wants to “continue to work closely with stakeholders and regulators to improve the regulation of drones.”