Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Feb 9, 2015 09:35 AM CST

Here’s one more regulatory obstacle to add to the list of things preventing farmers from using drones to scout their fields: You need a pilot’s license, maybe even a commercial pilot’s license. That’s how things stand under current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

By now, it’s well-known that drones can’t be flown for most commercial purposes without an exemption under current FAA regulations. The requirement for a pilot’s license is less well-known. “It goes along with the ‘Special Airworthiness Certificate’ [SAC], which is the only way a ‘civil proponent’ is able to fly a UAS [unmanned aerial system] currently in ...

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