AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Federal Aviation Administration has made it a little easier for folks to get their hands on drones for commercial use.
Before today, you needed a pilot's license to fly a commercial drone---not anymore.
According to the new rules, if you're over 16-years-old, take an FAA approved test, and pass a background check, you can qualify for a remote pilot certificate.
Randy Bataro, the owner Bat Aero Drone Services, tells Fox 54 why he thinks this will be good for the area.
"As we continue to grow with cyber command coming into the picture and all of these other security companies finding their home here in Augusta, I think we have a good foot hold in the technology business as it keeps standing up," said Bataro.
Although he thinks it's a step in the right direction, Bataro added that the new regulations means more amateurs will be stepping into his territory-something he's not thrilled about.
It's important to keep in mind that these rules do not apply to folks who just fly drones for fun. Those rules can be found at: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/fly_for_fun/