Being commercial drone ops based in the UK we can tend to take our regulations and therefore our opportunities for granted. We can perhaps grumble about slow responses and the bureaucracy – however we should take stock of our American cousins circumstances. For they have had a bruising experience over the past ten years. Flying drones commercially in the USA can be a testing challenge.
Costs and lead-times for flying drones commercially in the USA:
- Initial application – if handled by legal firm ($1500 and two weeks to compile)
- Time frame upon application – 3-4months for approval
- Approval for changes to blanket approval – each specific site exemption – approx 3-4 weeks