Since last August, Part 107 has undoubtedly lowered the barrier to entry for businesses launching commercial drone operations. But it has also created new challenges, especially for companies that were already running fairly sophisticated operations.
Several months ago, Richard Lopez, Virtual Design and Construction Manager at Hensel Phelps Construction Co., told us that the waiver process introduced by Part 107 has added time-consuming hurdles to his workflow. “It’s more difficult to obtain permission to fly in controlled airspace now,” he said. “Previously, if I saw that I had a project in controlled airspace, I’d just call air traffic control and work it out with them. Now, we have to go through the waiver process, which can take months.” Continue reading →