Each day, new ideas are brought forth in the drone industry by enterprising entrepreneurs. It’s exciting to watch, and it gives me hope for a bright future filled with drones. However, when I read about the stifling regulations the FAA and government organizations have created that hope can quickly fade.
When Jim Komsa launched his aerial photography business in 2013, using airplanes to shoot photos from the sky, he said there were only a handful of competitors in all of New Jersey. Now, there are dozens.
“The drone industry is booming very rapidly,” he said. “Anybody you talk to, it’s cool to fly a drone, just to get your hands on the controls and fly this thing around.”
Federal regulations allowing hobbyists and businesses to buy drones, led to plunging prices and explosive growth in the industry. There are now more than 1.1 million consumer drones — formally called unmanned aerial systems — in the skies over the U.S., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Companies are using the technology in everything from utility inspections to movie sets, agriculture, real estate, scientific research and law enforcement.
He said his company faces one main challenge, one that experts said was common across the industry: uncertain regulations governing the use of drones.