New FAA Drone Rules Likely Means More Business in Silicon Valley

Not only can more people fly drones more often, but drone-related companies can do more business, which will likely lead to more job creation in the near future.

It just got easier to fly a drone.

It also just got easier to get a drone-related job.

Both items bringing good news to many in Silicon Valley, as drone careers, not to mention drone delivery, is coming closer.

The FAA launched new rules for commercial drone use Monday, led by “Part 107,” which loosens things up a bit.

Not only can more people fly drones more often, but drone-related companies can do more business, which will likely lead to more job creation in the near future.

For example, DroneDeploy, a San Francisco software company that lets you map out a route for your drone, has seen business jump recently, and expects the new rules to boost things even more.

DroneDeploy Senior VP Darr Gerscovich, after showing us how quickly his company’s app can be downloaded and put to work, told us that “more uses for drones, both on the business side and the consumer side, will lead to more business and more jobs.” Music to the ears of a long-skeptical Silicon Valley.

It’s time to get serious about drones.

Not just getting-a-pizza-delivered-serious.

Thinking about a new career serious.

Scott tracks drones on Twitter: @scottbudman

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