In a press release, the FAA said, "These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives." The FAA anticipates that it will be able to issue remote pilot certificates within 10 business days after receiving completed applications.
Still waiting on your 333 exemption? If your operations are within the limitations of 107, your 333 will automatically be transferred over. If not allowable under Part 107 — for instance, if flying over people or beyond VLOS, your request will remain pending as a 333. The FAA will continue to grant 333 exemptions, which will be good for two years after they are granted.
Jim Williams, former manager of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office and current principal and co-chair of the UAS Practice at Dentons, says Part 107 is an important foundational step for the drone industry.
“By separating the sUAS from the manned aircraft rules, you are essentially creating a whole new structure by which you regulate these aircraft,” he says. “Everything else can be built from this.”
So for those of you who might be disappointed that Part 107 does not go far enough — stay patient. The FAA is continually conducting research into various areas of sUAS operation, and Williams predicts that Part 107 will continue to grow.
“As the FAA learns more, they’ll start to open up more types of operations in different areas,” he says. “More and more opportunities and operational concepts will get approved.”
FAA administrator Michael Huerta corroborated this view in the FAA press release, saying, "This is just our first step. We’re already working on additional rules that will expand the range of operations.”
Other pending legislation may have an effect on the legal framework of sUAS operation — including the FAA Reauthorization Act. Read more about that process here