New FAA regulations affect the commercial use of drones at construction sites.
New FAA regulations affect the commercial use of drones at construction sites.

Drones are great for capturing aerial footage of a construction site, providing dramatic shots of deck and patio additions that can wow homeowners and reel in new clients. Interest became so intense, the Federal Aviation Administration in June announced new rules to clarify what had been murky legal ground on who could fly the devices and where they could be operated.

The resulting commercial drone rules limit the weight of drones to 55 pounds or less and require they have anti-collision lights. Drones can't fly any higher than 400 feet nor are they permitted to fly faster than 100 mph or at night. The rules don't affect hobbyists or recreational users but do apply to commercial pilots.

More than 3,300 potential drone pilots signed up for the first testing slots. And the allure of drones is so powerful, the Federal Aviation Administration expects the number of drone operators will outnumber licensed private pilots (171,000) within a year.

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