Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Surge in Drone Safety Reports Prompts ‘Emergency’ Action at FAA

  • Agency seeking new drone-flight approval process in notice
  • Safety incidents now exceed 250 a month as use soars
Bloomberg business news

The Future of High-Powered Commercial Drones

Reports of safety incidents involving civilian drones have surged to an average of 250 a month, leading to a federal "emergency" action to approve drone flights in restricted areas, according to a government notice seeking new procedures for the craft.

There is so much pent-up demand for obtaining special permission to fly drones in restricted airspace, that the Federal Aviation Administration says it can’t keep up. The FAA says drone users are flying without approval because of the delays.