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UAS Operators Must Understand What Commercial Use Entails

Ever-expanding use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in commercial operations has brought with it the unwelcome matter of recreational operators flying drones for compensation. Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations requires that commercial operators flying UAS weighing less than 55 pounds pass an initial knowledge test for certification. Recreational UAS operators are not required to hold that certification but are prohibited from operating a drone for commercial use. "This is different than the long-held distinction between Part 91 and Part 135 operations," explained Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager of security and facilitation. "Not only are for-hire drone operations considered commercial under Part 107, any not-for-hire drone operations in support of a business are considered commercial as well."

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