As FAA Releases Commercial Drone Rules, A Look At The Technology's Future

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A DJI Phantom 4 drone is flown during an AviSight Drone Academy training class at the South Point Hotel & Casino on Aug. 25, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

New rules out today clear the way for commercial drone use in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration says drones can’t fly higher than 400 feet or go faster than 100 miles per hour, and they can’t carry a combined load that’s more than 55 pounds.

Commercial drone operators must be at least 16 years old, and they have to pass a test to get a license. More than 3,300 people have already signed up to take the test, which is available starting today.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson revisits his conversation with Michael Huerta, the head of the FAA.

Hear our original conversation from March 2016.


Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

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