Volume: 6, Issue: 1 - 01/06/2017
Use of drones in construction is expected to increase in 2017 with passage of the FAA Part 107 rule governing use of drones for commercial purposes. Part 107 provides that the operator must have a remote pilot license, a special new category that requires a written test only demonstrating some aviation knowledge as well as the safe operation of remote-controlled aircraft. It is no longer necessary to have a pilot license as in the prior regulation called the 333 Exemption.
While surveying, job progress tracking and marketing are some of the obvious uses, savvy architects and engineers are finding uses for drones in the design stage. Read more.
Volume: 5, Issue: 47 - 12/09/2016
As of September 28, 2016, 5,552 companies received FAA "333" exemptions allowing limited use of drones for commercial purposes. This program appears to have been replaced by the new Small UAS Rule "Part 107" program that took affect on August 28, 2016 and provides a knowledge-based test to receive a Remote Pilot license allowing commercial use of drones. As of December 6, 22,488 remote pilot licenses have been issued and we anticipate use in construction to accelerate.
ConstructionPro Week is conducting its 3nd annual survey on drone use in the construction industry. We want to find out what experiences you may have had or if you're contemplating drone use in the future. How would you use them? Would you fly them yourself or hire a service firm? Do you have any cost or safety concerns? Have you discerned any best practices in using drones? Take the short ConstructionPro Week survey and tell us what you've learned or what you would like to know! Please click here to take the survey. Respondents will be sent the survey results and receive future coverage of our drone use research. Also, please forward this email to others in your company for their input as well. Thank you.
Volume: 5, Issue: 34 - 09/02/2016
The NEW Small UAS Rule (Part 107) for commercial use of drones, including all pilot and operating rules, is in effect as of 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 29, 2016. According to the Associated Press reporting on an August 29 news conference, FAA officials forecast 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year (see story at bigstory.ap.org). Read more.
Volume: 5, Issue: 30 - 08/05/2016
As reported here in June, the FAA has issued its Part 107 rules for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. Instructions for obtaining a Part 107 pilot license are now posted at the FAA website here. The first step to qualify to apply for the license is taking an initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center, typically located near an airport. Next is completing an online application -- Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate (FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application).
Meanwhile, ConstructionPro Network has been tracking the progress of the FAA 333 exemptions since December 2014. It appears the pace of exemptions granted since our last post on April 27 has slowed down. Read more...
If you haven't yet checked it out but have an interest in getting some aerial photos or videos of your construction project, visit the Drone Services and Equipment Directory at the ConstructionPro Network website today.
The directory is intended to assist those looking for vendors who specifically work with construction, transportation, utility, real estate and related industries. Customers can quickly find FAA333 exemption holders serving their states. Customers may further narrow their search for specific services, such as surveying, mapping (LIDAR, photogrammetry), FLIR/infrared capability, data collection for BIM, environmental monitoring, and, of course, aerial photography. Vendors with Part 107 remote pilot certifications will be added to the directory once the FAA starts implementation of the program, expected the end of August. Read more.
Volume: 5, Issue: 25 - 06/24/2016
On Tuesday, the FAA unveiled its long awaited operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or "drones"). To take effect by the end of August, the new regulations, known as Part 107, sets height and speed restrictions, operational limits, and safety and privacy guidelines. The most significant factor is removal of the requirement for a pilots license now required to obtain an FAA 333 Exemption. Read more.
ConstructionPro Network unveiled today it's Drone Services and Equipment Directory for the construction, transportation, utility and real estate development industries. The directory is intended to assist those looking for vendors and products specifically designed to serve these industries. For service providers, customers can quickly find FAA333 exemption holders located in their state, and starting in August, for Part 107-certified firms as well. Customers may further narrow their search for specific services, such as surveying, mapping (LIDAR, photogrammetry), FLIR/infrared capability, data collection for BIM, environmental monitoring, and, of course, aerial photography. Read more.
As reported above, the FAA has issued its Part 107 rules for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. ConstructionPro Network has been tracking the progress of the FAA 333 exemptions since December 2014. It appears the pace of exemptions granted since our last post on April 27 has slowed down. Read more.
Volume: 5, Issue: 17 - 04/29/2016
FAA 333 exemptions for commercial use of drones has now surpassed 5,000. As of April 27, 5,114 exemptions have been issued. Many of these are for construction, surveying and inspection (see breakdown below). In other news, PrecisionHawk, a producer of autonomous surveying drone technology, has raised an additional $18 million in funding bringing its total to $30 million. Read more.
Volume: 5, Issue: 11 - 03/18/2016
With the number of FAA 333 Exemptions for commercial use of drones about to hit 4,000, the FAA has released a list of more than 1,100 pre-approved drone makes and models, an apparent first step in easing the ability to get an exemption. This will relieve the petitioner of the need to submit supporting documentation on the capability and features of the specific drone if it is already on the list. Read more for complete list...