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ROSEVILLE — In a move that is expected to draw tens of thousands to the commercial drone industry — the Federal Aviation Administration recently released its new set of regulations for commercial drones.

In the 600 plus page document, the FAA will soon require those wanting to become commercial drone pilots to pass a background check and complete a written test every two years.

Currently, the FAA requires operators to either have a pilots license or apply for an exemption.

The new rules will also require operators to:

  • Be at least 16-years-old
  • Fly their drone under 400 feet.
  • Keep constant line of sight with the drone while its in the air.
  • Fly a drone under 55 pounds.

Starting in mid August, anyone looking to apply for a commercial drone certificate will have to pass a test at a testing center anywhere in the nation.