Recently, the federal government released “emergency” rules regarding recreational use of drones (UAVs), significantly restricting where and when drones could be used. Citing a 200% increase in commercial flight incidents with drones in just two years, the transport minister says the new rules begin immediately, with fines of up to $3,000 for violations.
Commercial drone pilots already adhere to safety standards, rules, and regulations, and require an SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) in order to operate within those rules. In light of the new regulations, do farmers now fit closer to commercial status than recreational? If so, what’s the process for achieving commercial status?
RealAgriculture asked Matthew Johnson, founder of M3 Aerial, about UAV safety, what it takes to achieve commercial status, where you can find training, and whether or not we’re likely to see enforcement increase with these new rules in place.