Could a similar ‘part 107’ rule in the UK pave the way for drone based businesses?

The 29thAugust was a date that was long awaited by many American businesses as last week saw the new Part 107 rule for commercial drone use, issued by the FAA, come into effect. Although this new section of air law still presents limitations for companies that are wanting to provide a service using a drone, it also opens up new opportunities for aerial innovation for many local businesses. Globally based drone consultants, ConsortiQ welcomes this news, and speculates what similar edits to its aviation law could also mean for the businesses it helps in Britain.

Among other changes, the key adjustment outlined in the Part 107 rule is the introduction of new written flight exams in place of the lengthy process of applying for waivers in order to fly legally, for commercial purposes. Now, without this high barrier for entry, it is much easier for a business to integrate drone technology to improve its services. Yet limitations still remain, and drones operated under this rule must weigh no more than 55 lbs, must fly during daylight hours and are not permitted to enter the vicinity of any people or structures that are not related to the commercial UAV job. However, a provision in Part 107 means that drones can be used to perform tasks that would be too risky for manned flight such as inspection, monitoring and emergency response, with rules that enables a drone with an attached camera to operate around a building that is over the 400 feet level limit, if it remains within 400 feet of the structure.

Ben Keene, Operations Director at ConsortiQ commented, “Many American businesses have been struggling to keep up with their growing client demands for services that use a drone, with the strict rules set out by the FAA making it time consuming and cumbersome to get the required accreditation needed to use this technology legally for commercial purposes. This new Part 107 rule is an important step forward in helping American businesses to innovate, and will certainly pave the way for many more creative, and potentially life-saving uses of a drone to become apparent.”

Keene continued, “As American companies get to grips with these new regulations, we can’t help but wonder what similar rules would also mean for UK businesses. We specialise in helping organisations in many industries realise the huge commercial opportunities that a drone can offer– introducing a rule, similar to the Part 107 released by the FAA, might just help to make these opportunities become a reality much sooner.” 

ConsortiQ provides expert knowledge, training and practical drone based solutions to public and private sector companies across the UK, with offices also in South Africa and UAE. ConsortiQ LLC is also established in the USA, operating in its office at Annapolis, Maryland. It specialises in creating bespoke training packages that are appropriate to the needs of its clients, recently working with ‘Blue Light’ organisations to provide a tailored drone consultancy service.

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ConsortiQ Ltd was incorporated in March 2015 bringing together three leading drone companies and six dynamic individuals. With a history of pioneering safety cases for multi-million dollar US movie productions, filming high profile music videos and with innovative approaches to regulatory training; ConsortiQ leveraged the capabilities and knowledge by merging UAViate Ltd, Cloud12 Ltd and UAV Airways Ltd. ConsortiQ still retain the original brands as ‘shop fronts’ and trading names although they have been wholly subsumed into ConsortiQ Ltd.



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