How the FAA is Killing Drone Innovation
“The Part 107 commercial drone regulations, implemented in August 2016, affect everyone from the individual drone enthusiast who wants to get into the drone photography business, to large companies such as Amazon, Google, and Disney, who envision operating fleets of these tiny craft.
Amazon would face a public relations nightmare if it failed to do its due diligence in designing and testing future delivery drones.
The FAA has also targeted hobby fliers in its push for regulatory dominance of this nascent field. Under a rule rushed into place last December, the agency established a federal registry of drone owners and established penalties of up to three years in prison and $277,500 in fines for those who failed to comply.”