Broadcasters, prepare for takeoff later this summer. The Federal Aviation Administration recently finalized rules to broadly permit the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS”) – or drones – provided certain requirements are met. The new rules are in many cases more permissive than the existing regulatory framework, but some potential pitfalls remain. Rest assured, we are here to help you navigate the complexities of this new regime. Below we provide a high-level discussion of the new rules and their effect on broadcasters’ future sUAS operations to support newsgathering.
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