Enlarge / A drone is flown during a property inspection following Hurricane Harvey in Houston in 2017. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
The Federal Aviation Administration proposed Monday to relax rules governing commercial drone operations. Since 2016, the FAA has allowed the commercial operation of unmanned aerial vehicles weighing less than 55 pounds under certain limited circumstances. New rules proposed this week would relax two of the restrictions in the 2016 rules: drones will now be allowed to operate at night, and they’ll be able to operate over people.
The agency already allows some nighttime flights, but only on a case-by-case basis
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US proposals for relaxing drone laws are in stark contrast to the UK, which plans to tighten rules.
With commercial operators in mind, the U.S. government is looking to loosen restrictions on drone flights with a set of proposals that would allow the machines greater freedom to fly over populated areas and also at night.
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Federal air-safety regulators for the first time proposed allowing small drones to routinely fly over crowds of people and at night.