FAA Behind Schedule in Developing Rules for Commercial Drone Use

What a surprise!


The Federal Aviation Administration has released a road map for allowing drones to fly everywhere in the country. But research and regulations are months behind the schedule Congress set to have drones fly safely with commercial airliners by September 2015.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta released the five-year road map a month ago, which projected 7,500 unmanned aircraft in the skies within that period if regulations are in place.

Technical complexities facing the FAA include how much training to require of ground-based pilots, how to ensure that drones fly safely if they lose contact with their pilot, and how drones and commercial aircraft should warn each other when they're in the same area.