The US missed the year-end deadline for releasing the new set of rules on remote-control aircraft, resulting in the delay of country’s most-awaited step toward the use of drones in every form of work ranging from farming to package delivery.
The American businesses have been raising their voice in demand for a proper set of rules and regulations in order to allow the use of drones for commercial purposes. According to them, the delay could push the United States far behind other countries in the development of a multibillion-dollar industry.
On October 23, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) passed the first major overhaul of the regulations by turning a draft of the rules over to the White House. The federal agency has also expressed hope in publishing the rules in 2014.
But the White House Office of Management and Budget had no releases of the draft by Wednesday. The office has 90 days to review the proposed regulations. During the 90-day-period, the analysts will craft a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed rules and meet the affected parties. But the time frame is often extended.
“We are continuing to work with our administration colleagues to finish the rule. Our goal is to get the proposal right,” the FAA said on Wednesday.
According to the policy and legal experts, the draft proposal will be under public review once it is published. They also said that the proposed rules would likely to take at least a year to come into effect.
The rules are intended to deal with problems such as potential licensing of drone pilots and aircraft and flight safety.