A new bill introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, and John Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota will look to establish temporary rules to regulate and manage the emerging commercial drone industry.
On Tuesday 12th of may 2015 the Commercial UAS Modernization Act, a bill that will set guidelines for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or UAVs) was unveiled.
The widespread commercial use of UAVs is currently banned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Currently, businesses have to apply for exemptions to operate drones on a case-by-base basis.
It is expected that it could take several years to establish permanent rules.
Read the full text of the proposed bill
The new bill plans to create a deputy administrator position for the integration of unmanned aircraft, which will report to the head of the FAA and the Secretary of Transportation, and also suggests that the FAA establish an aeronautical test to license drone pilots.
The proposal comes as a response to the often lamented slowness in which the regulating bodies are dealing with the new technology.
Some might remember Amazon’s vice president of global public policy, Paul Misener complaining at a senate subcommittee hearing in March 2015:
“We innovated so rapidly that the UAS approved last week by the FAA has become obsolete. We don’t test it anymore. We’ve moved on to more advanced designs that we already are testing abroad.”