Drone rules: Proposed rules for commercial unmanned aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration has new rules out on the use of drones. It's a long-awaited list of do's and don'ts from the agency.

You'll still be able to fly, the FAA came out with it's rules for drone enthusiasts.

"People who are hobbyists can obviously fly drones, but these are the rules for commercial, for like realtors making movies, to allow them to fly drones for commercial purposes," said Attorney Jonathan Frutkin.

Rules include a height restriction of 500 feet, equal to about the height of the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. and be within line of sight of the operator.

Operators also must taken a written test and register the drone with the FAA. Flying above festivals and public events also is prohibited.

"These are up to 55 pounds, so it's very dangerous if it hits someone. So the rule is you're allowed to fly a drone, but it can't fly above anyone but the operator. We'll see how that works in practice, but I think the idea is safety because these are not the little drones," said Frutkin.

The little drones, those under 4 pounds or so, may eventually be cleared for big events, that is still under debate.

So are the rules, there's a 60-day comment period, and final rules are expected after that.

"There's obviously concerns about things are flying themselves as opposed to someone flying them, but as the technology gets better, and there's more comfort level, I am sure we're going to see our pizza delivered by Domino's and our books by Amazon through a drone," he said.

That likely won't happen though, at least until 2020.

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