The Federal Aviation Administration released “Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System,” a document outlining what it intends to do when it comes to UAS in national airspace.Smaller drones — called sUAS — such as those that have garnered interest for their potential reporting implications — weigh less than 55 pounds and have limited range and altitude, according to the document. Rules for these devices are expected to be released in early 2014. There are already some certainties, however. For example, safety data will have to be recorded and reported to the FAA, for example.
“Data collection will expand when additional agreements are finalized for sharing public UAS data and new rules and associated safety data reporting requirements are implemented for sUAS,” the document noted.
Journalists will not likely need certificates of authorization from the FAA, but they will need a license and to undergo a background check in order to fly a drone commercially.