Want to Fly A Hobby Drone? Get A Medical Exam and Open Your Wallet, More

The new proposed rules, expected before the end of the year according to the Wall Street Journal, will apply to drones under 55 pounds, limit flights to daytime hours, under 400 feet, and within the pilot’s line of sight. They would also require all drone operators to acquire a pilot’s license from the FAA. Not a special, drone-focused license, but the kind you need to actually get in a plane and fly it.

That makes the onerous process of getting a license—including dozens of hours of work with an expensive flight instructor, a medical examination, and lots of classroom time—seem less necessary when the only things you might hit are cows and stalks of corn.

via Rural Pilots Won’t Be Happy About the FAA’s New Drone Rules | WIRED.

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