Drones are becoming increasingly desirable in the construction industry as a result of three core benefits – improved aerial documentation, data collection, surveying, and inspection; cost-effective and higher quality aerial photography; as well as improved job site safety for workers and pedestrians by reducing risky human engagements.
While the advent of drones in the construction industry is beneficial and promising, it does not go without rules and regulations. According to the FAA; “By law, any aircraft operation in the national airspace requires a certificated and registered aircraft, a licensed pilot, and operational approval”. However, the FAA does conduct case-by-case authorizations for commercial drone operations under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Section 333 Exemption process provides operators who wish to pursue safe and legal entry into the National Airspace System (NAS) a competitive advantage in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) marketplace, thus discouraging illegal operations and improving safety. To learn more about drone rules and regulations, please visit faa.gov.