In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a drone is demonstrated in Brigham City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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A research paper released publicly today by DJI argues that the FAA was highly conservative and used outdated assumptions when it set the weight standard for determining which drones pose the lowest risk to people.
Back in 2015, the FAA’s Registration Task Force calculated that drones weighing up to 250 grams posed the lowest risk of injury to people. Drones above that weight became subject to registration.
But now, that 250-gram weight has gained a new and unexpected life of its own: It has started to be regarded as a ‘safety standard’ – and other countries are using it, or considering using it, as their own demarcation point when enacting regulations (including bans).