Requiring the operators of handheld drones to be FAA-certified pilots of manned aircraft is gross regulatory overkill. (As Jesse Kallman, head of regulatory affairs for drone-software firm Airware, told The Wall Street Journal, such rules “will end up excluding someone who has hundreds of hours of experience on an unmanned aircraft in favor of a pilot who understands how to operate a Cessna but not an unmanned aircraft.”)

Congress and the American people should pressure the FAA to learn from Canada’s example, and to quickly develop a practical and realistic permit system for commercial drones.

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