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Businesses react to revised drone restrictions

Businesses react to revised drone restrictions (Cheryl Conner/ABC7)

On the runway, you can hear a drone takeoff but as it flies up, the noise goes away and we are left with the images. Aerial pictures and videos are what’s appealing and now, as of Monday, it’s easier for companies to make money off of their unmanned aircraft.

“It’s not a big difference as far as how we operate. It’s just the fact that we have a specific drone pilot’s license as opposed to having to consult and bring someone in to just stand there for a couple of minutes,” said Eno Umoh, who is the co-founder of Global Air Media.

Umoh has done work in the DC area with construction and real estate companies. Just a month ago, he was hired by a company to produce images following the floods in Ellicott City.

“Having a drone pilot’s license definitely boosts credibility. People know that you have taken an exam, that you know airspace and you know where you’re allowed and not allowed to fly,” said Umoh.

Umoh is just 29-years-old. He saw the demand for drones while working for his dad in construction.

Some of the rules that haven’t changed — drone pilots can’t fly above 400 feet. They have to keep it within a visual line of sight. They can’t fly over people’s heads and they can’t fly it at night.

Reggie Grant is a flight instructor, teaching kids how to have fun and make some money in the future.

“Once we give them a lot of the training, we’ve noticed that kids at the age of like 8 and 9, they can understand the rules and operate the drones safely,” said Grant.

Now that the dreaded pilot’s license is not necessary, Umoh hopes his business will soar.

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