The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Thursday approved a US$11.6 million loan for Guyana which will go towards a project designed to support the strengthening and sustainability of the energy sector here by contributing to the institutional development of oil and gas governance and cleaner energy sources for electricity generation.The specific objectives of the loan programme are first, to develop a management and planning framework for Guyana’s oil and gas sector; and second, to contribute towards the development of a policy framework so that Guyana may diversify its electricity generation matrix using cleaner or renewable sources.“Guyana’s new energy scenario, which will likely yield significant revenues for the Government, represents a transformative shift in Guyana’s development trajectory. It embodies a crucial and unprecedented opportunity for economic growth and sustainable development,” a statement from the IDB added.It was further stated that the conversion of short-term oil wealth into long-term, well-being hinges on the capacity of the Guyanese Government to adequately manage this new sector and enact productivity-enhancing reforms.The IDB said if handled well; it can boost the overall standard of living for the country. However, there is considerable work to be done so that Guyana can enjoy the benefits of its recent – and potential – oil and gas wealth.The institution also highlighted that too often resource-rich countries have become or remained poor as a result of inadequate resource management. Hence, there is an urgent need to improve the governance of Guyana’s oil and gas sector ahead of production in 2020.The agreed-upon policy commitments of the first tranche of the programme were geared towards establishing a department of energy within the Ministry of the Presidency to take over responsibilities related to the governance and development of Guyana’s oil and gas sector.The second commitment was to approve the department draft roadmap to develop Guyana’s oil and gas institutional framework, and; design of a model contract for future Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) by the department and presented to Guyana’s Ministry of the Presidency.Now that the second tranche has been disbursed, the Government will now have to ensure that the Department functions are placed in a manual establishing its organisational structure, budget and staff allocation, approved by the Ministry of the Presidency.Additionally, it was be tasked with establishing a set of protocols and mechanisms for contract management; and an oil and gas depletion policy designed by the Department and presented for approval to the Ministry of the Presidency.Finally, the programme will also aid Government with the development of a policy framework to diversify and promote the sustainability of Guyana’s electricity generation matrix.The loan is funded in two components totalling US$11.64 million. The first component will total US$5.82 million from the IDB’s ordinary capital; disburse within two years, with a grace period of five and a half years, and an interest rate.The second component will total US$5.82 million from the IDB’s concessional ordinary capital; disbursed within two years, with a grace period of 40 years, and 0.25 per cent interest rate. The executing agency will be the local Finance Ministry.
11 4. Manchester United have won 63 trophies – The Red Devils are the most successful club in England, with 20 top flight titles, including 13 in the Premier League era. United have won a joint record 12 FA Cups, four League Cups and a record 20 Charity/Community Shields. In Europe, they have won three European Cups/Champions Leagues, plus the Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup. United are the only English club to win a treble of Champions League, domestic title and main domestic cup, and are the only English club to win any global titles. In 1999 they won the Intercontinental Cup and in 2008 claimed the Club World Cup. 11 3. Bayern Munich have won 65 trophies – The kings of German football, Bayern have won the Bundesliga title a record 26 times and the German Cup on a record 18 occasions. They also won the now defunct German League Cup six times and the German Super Cup four times. Outside Germany, Bayern boast five European Cups/Champions Leagues, including three-in-a-row in the mid-1970s. They have won every European trophy, with one Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup triumph to their name. Bayern have also won the Intercontinental Cup twice and one Club World Cup, and are the only German club to complete the treble. 9. Inter have won 39 trophies – The only Italian club to win the treble, Inter won five trophies alone in 2010, including the Champions League, Serie A, Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup and Club World Cup. Overall, they have won three European Cups/Champions League, 18 Serie A titles, seven Italian Cups, five Italian Super Cups, three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. 1. Barcelona have won 85 trophies – The most successful club based on number of trophies won, Barcelona are the only club to win the treble twice. They boast five European Cup/Champions League victories, to go alongside four wins in the Cup Winners’ Cup, three in the old Fairs Cup and five UEFA Super Cup triumphs. In Spain, Barca have been crowned champions 24 times, won the Spanish Cup a record 28 times, the Spanish Super Cup on 11 occasions and the Spanish League Cup twice. They have also claimed the Club World Cup three times, and in 2009 became the first club to win six trophies in a calendar year. 11 11 11 8. Arsenal have won 43 trophies – Arsenal jointly hold the record for the number of FA Cups won, with back-to-back successes in 2014 and 2015 taking their tally to 12 in the oldest football competition in the world. They can boast 13 English top flight titles, and share the record for most domestic doubles with Manchester United, having clinched both league and cup success in the same season on three occasions. They have won the League Cup twice, including as part of a double with the FA Cup in 1993, plus 14 Charity/Community Shields. In Europe, Arsenal’s first trophy came with the Fairs Cup (a forerunner of the UEFA Cup/Europa League) in 1970, and they claimed the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994 (pictured above). 7. AC Milan have won 47 trophies – Milan are second only to Real Madrid when it comes to European Cup/Champions League victories, having been crowned champions of Europe on seven occasions. Their first success in the competition came in 1963, while their most recent Champions League final victory was in 2007. Milan remain the last club to successfully defend the European Cup, winning back-to-back trophies in 1989 and 1990. Additionally, they won two Cup Winners’ Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, three Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. On the domestic front, Milan boast 18 Serie A titles, five Italian Cups and six Italian Super Cups. 11 11 11 2. Real Madrid have won 80 trophies – The most successful club in the history of the European Cup/Champions League, Real Madrid have won the tournament on 11 occasions, including the first five editions and five more in the Champions League era. The Spanish giants won back-to-back UEFA Cups in the 1980s and also boast two UEFA Super Cups on their honours list. Madrid claimed the Intercontinental Cup three times and won the Club World Cup in 2014. In Spain, they have a record 32 titles, plus 19 Spanish Cups, nine Spanish Super Cups and one victory in the defunct Spanish League Cup. 11 11 6. Liverpool have won 59 trophies – The most successful English club in European football, Liverpool have won five European Cups, putting them level with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the all-time list. The Reds have also claimed three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. On the home front, Liverpool have won 18 top flight English titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and 15 Charity/Community Shields. The only trophies of note to elude them come on a global stage, having lost two Intercontinental Cup finals in the 1980s and the Club World Cup in 2005. They also lost the 1966 Cup Winners’ Cup final to Borussia Dortmund, so cannot complete the full set of UEFA competitions. 10. Atletico Madrid have won 28 trophies – Atletico have been very successful in recent years, winning seven trophies since 2010. Their 2014 triumph in La Liga took Atleti’s Spanish title count to 10, the same number of times they have won the Spanish Cup, with two Spanish Super Cups for good measure. In 1962 they won their first European honour, the Cup Winners’ Cup, followed by Europa League and UEFA Super Cup doubles in 2010 and 2012 respectively. The European Cup/Champions League has eluded them, despite being seconds away from winning two finals, as well as contesting a shoot-out in the 2016 final, but they did win the 1974 Intercontinental Cup the predecessor to FIFA’s Club World Cup when European Cup holders Bayern Munich declined to take part. Atletico beat South American champions Independiente over two legs to be crowned world champions. Real Madrid’s 2016 Champions League final victory marked the club’s record 11th success in the European Cup.It’s Real’s second Champions League win in the past three seasons, as they succeed rivals Barcelona as European champions.But Real have claimed just one Spanish league title since 2008, while Barca have won six in that time, and the Catalan club scooped the domestic double this season.So which club is Europe’s most successful in terms of trophies won?Elsewhere around Europe this season, Bayern Munich claimed the German league and cup double, while Juventus did likewise in Italy.In England, Manchester United won their first major honour since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, lifting the FA Cup, but can any of these clubs claim to be the most successful in Europe?We wanted to know which club has won the most trophies in European football.It’s not exactly a straightforward question to answer, because opinions differ over what should constitute a trophy.For example, by most people’s assumptions Arsenal failed to win a trophy in the season just passed, but the Gunners actually lifted the Community Shield last August, so does that success go on their honours list?In the past, one-off contests such as the Shield have been dismissed when it comes to trophy tallies, but these events – often known as ‘Super Cups’ – appear to be growing in prestige across the continent.For the purposes of simply counting the number of trophies won, we have included such competitions, although debate will continue to rage as to their relative merits.Additionally, we have restricted our ranking to clubs from the top four league competitions in Europe: England, Spain, Germany and Italy. These countries are historically the most dominant in European competition and, therefore, we have adjudged their domestic competitions to be the toughest to win.If we left it open to clubs from any European league, the result would see Scotland’s Rangers come out on top, with Northern Ireland’s Linfield in second and Scotland’s Celtic in third. But we are more interested in finding out who’s the cream of the cream.So take a look at the ranking above to see which clubs feature and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.Competitions included: All UEFA competitions bar the Intertoto Cup (but including the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), the Intercontinental Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, domestic top division titles, main domestic cups and League Cups (now defunct in Germany and Spain and never competed for in Italy, but held since the 1960s in England), and domestic ‘Super Cups’ (known in England as the Community Shield).All statistics correct on 29 May 2016. 5. Juventus have won 60 trophies – Ahead of both Inter and AC Milan, Juventus are the most successful Italian club in total number of trophies. Juve have won 32 Serie A titles, by far the most in Italy despite being stripped of two championships for match-fixing. They have also claimed 11 Italian Cups and seven Italian Super Cups. In Europe, the Old Lady has the complete set of honours: winning two European Cups, three UEFA Cups, one Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Super Cups. Juve have also been crowned world champions twice, winning the Intercontinental Cup in 1985 and 1996. 11 11. Chelsea have won 26 trophies – to find out which clubs make up Europe’s 10 most successful sides from the strongest leagues, click the arrow above – The Blues have won five top flight English titles, seven FA Cups, five League Cups and they are the only English club to have won every European trophy. In 2012 they became the only London club to win the Champions League, adding the Europa League a year later to complete the continental set, along with two victories in the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup and one in the UEFA Super Cup. They have also won four Community Shields. The Blues had racked up 11 trophies prior to Roman Abramovich’s arrival, but have since won 15 in 13 years.
Paddy Power would probably offer you substantial odds on it.But Letterkenny General Hospital was behind one of the funniest and most pleasant coincidences in recent days.It turns out that eleven new born babies were delivered at Letterkenny General Hospital on the 11th of November. The HSE has confirmed that the amazing event happened last Friday when the date was the 11/11/11.ELEVEN BABIES BORN IN DONEGAL ON THE 11/11/11…..BUT NOT AT 11.11!! was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
TORRENTIAL rain today has led to a Garda appeal for motorists to take care on Co Donegal’s roads today.Minor flooding has been reported on many rural roads in the county.Earlier Gardai and ambulance crews attended the scene of a crash near Woodlands National School in Letterkenny. TORRENTIAL RAIN CAUSING PROBLEMS ON THE ROADS was last modified: June 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
“We are in a pretty heavy training phase, so it was great to see them compete so well on fatigued legs and that will pay dividends as our season goes on,” Hostager said. The Bulldogs’ season continues next weekend with members of the team competing at Nebraska and in Des Moines in a meet hosted by Grand View. Oz Memorial – Sept. 9, 2016Les Bolstad Course – Falcon Heights, Minn. FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Racing against strong competition and following two weeks of hard training, the Drake University cross country team turned in strong performances at the Oz Memorial on Friday, Sept. 9, evening. “Reed had another outstanding race and put himself in contention for the win with the lead pack,” Hostager added. Chris Kaminski (New Lenox, Ill.) was the second Bulldog across the line in 21:17.0. Men’s Team Results1. Wisconsin, 252. Minnesota, 513. South Dakota State, 634. Drake, 100 Senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) turned in another tremendous performance following a grueling week of training with a fourth-place finish in the men’s 4-mile race with a time of 20:01.4. Fischer was briefly tripped up at the 5k mark, but rebounded well to challenge the lead pack. Women’s Team Results1. Minnesota, 352. Wisconsin, 383. South Dakota State, 714. Drake, 105 The Bulldogs faced competitors from Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota State. “We were a little short-handed tonight but really had some great efforts on a tough course against some top competition,” said Drake head coach Dan Hostager. “There were some strong efforts across the board we and even ended up with a few personal bests despite the tough course conditions.” Drake Men’s Individual Results4 Miles4. Reed Fischer, 20:01.429. Chris Kaminski, 21:17.033. Kyle Cass, 21:22.738. Kyle Brandt, 21:46.842. Matthew Cozine, 22:38.843. George Webb, 23:10.344. Xavier Lechleitner, 23:14.1 The women’s team was again paced by junior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) who was 18th overall in the women’s 6-kilometer race with a 23:34.6 finish. Freshman Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) had another strong showing in 32nd place against veteran runners with a time of 24:37.2. Drake Women’s Individual Results6 Kilometers18. Bailee Cofer, 23:34.632. Mykaela Cole, 24:37.233. Morgan Garcia, 24:44.046. Olivia Rogers, 25:53.251. Shelby Varney, 28:37.8 Print Friendly Version
Early results of air pollution monitoring carried out by the HSE’s Environmental Health Service show a significant reduction in the air pollution levels in Letterkenny since the introduction of the ban.This reduction in Black Smoke can be directly attributed to the introduction of the “Smoky Coal Ban” to Letterkenny in May 2013.The data courtesy of the HSE Donegal Environmental Health Service can be viewed at www.donegalcoco.ie or via facebook and twitter. Donegal County Council would like to thank all those working in the coal retail sector, and householders in the Letterkenny area for complying with the law and choosing smokeless fuels such as smokeless coal, wood, turf or similar compliant products.The Council says it will continue to make the public aware of the Smoky Coal Ban and will continue to carry out enforcement activities in this area.If you are still unsure as to whether or not you are inside the ban area, please check out the interactive map on the front page of the Council’s website or available at public buildings, (Public Service Centre, Library) & at main retail outlets.“Donegal County Council encourages members of the public to report instances of the flouting of the Smoky Coal Ban, which will result in enforcement action being taken by the Council,” said a spokesman. RESULTS SHOW SMOKY COAL BAN DELIVERING CLEANER AIR TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: February 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyResultssmoky coal ban
Letterkenny native Ciara Doherty wowed the crowds to take home a top prize at the Battle of the Stars fundraiser last weekend. The TV3 Ireland AM presenter was one of the proud Irish celebrities to perform in the glamorous and inspiring Breast Cancer Ireland contest on Saturday night.Ciara and presenter Kamal Ibrahim were leaders of the winning lip-sync group, with the Donegal woman starring as Sandy in a fun-filled and energetic Grease routine. Spin’s Georgie Crawford took the top prize in the dance competition with her partner Darragh Stokes for their technically brilliant and emotionally charged Cha Cha.Hosted by 2FM star, Eoghan McDermott, the competition saw celebrities, breast cancer survivors and supporters battling it out to raise funds to support Breast Cancer Ireland’s ongoing research and awareness efforts. Battle of the Stars is proudly supported by Joe Duffy Group.Ciara Doherty pictured at Breast Cancer Ireland’s Battle of the Stars event proudly supported by Joe Duffy Group at The Clayton Hotel in Burlington Road,Dublin. Pic Brian McEvoyRTE’s Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and Dancing with the Stars backstage reporter James Patrice opened proceedings with a sultry salsa in front of a packed house of almost 500 guests. Holly Carpenter, BBC host and author Diana Bunici, FM104 Strawberry Alarm Clock’s Crossy, model Kerri Nicole Blanc and fashion presenter and blogger Rob Kenny danced and lip-synced their socks off along with survivors of breast cancer.The event also included employees from event sponsors, Joe Duffy Group and associate sponsors Cornmarket Financial and supporters of the charity.Georgie Crawford and Darragh Stokes win Battle of the Stars Dance Prize 2018Head judge on the night was Dancing with the Stars Julian Benson who expertly commentated on the participants and their performances was supported by an on-form Gerald Kean who entertained the audience alongside BCI Ambassador and TV3 presenter Elaine Crowley and presenter Lisa Cannon.Aisling Hurley, CEO of Breast Cancer Ireland commented “It was an amazing evening and I am so appreciative of the huge support of everyone who helped us, from our sponsors to our loyal supporters but most importantly I would like to thank our brave breast cancer survivors who inspire us to continue our work in funding pioneering research and in increasing awareness of good breast health.”If you missed last night’s Battle of the Stars event, but still want to support Breast Cancer Ireland?You can make a donation by texting “Cure” to 50300 to donate €4 to Breast Cancer Ireland #BOTS18 #BreastCancerIre pic.twitter.com/N7G8Sexuaw— BreastCancerIreland (@BreastCancerIre) April 15, 2018 Advertisement Donegal presenter dazzles at Battle of the Stars was last modified: April 16th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
What do you do when your creative project implodes? Here are three thoughts to help when it all goes wrong.As Benjamin Franklin so famously quipped “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I think its worth adding a third certainty to that list which is that “things will go wrong.” It’s always surprising how shocked we are then, when things do go wrong.Obviously, no one enjoys it when it happens, but it is going to happen. You may as well be prepared for it (a bit like death and taxes I suppose). Here are a few thoughts for creative professionals (photographers, video editors, producers, designers) on how to make the most of when things go wrong.Problem Solving for Creatives #1: StopThe first thing to do when the wheels fall off the wagon is to stop. The normal human gut reaction when things go wrong is to get defensive. We defend ourselves from being the source of the problem or in any way having something to do with it. We look for someone, or something, else to point the finger at. We take sides and become combative.Resist that temptation and remind yourself that although that’s what I’m inclined to do, it’s not the best thing to do. Don’t jump to offering solutions as quickly and as readily as you can. Don’t side step the real root of the problem, just to make everyone love you again. This best thing to do is stop, take a breath, think on the issue and consider your options.Problem Solving for Creatives #2: LearnPeople always say we learn most from our mistakes not our successes. Why? Because we have to think about what went wrong in order to solve the problem. When there is no problem there is no thought.Why did this issue happen? Was their a lack of communication? Was it simply an oversight? Look at it from all angles and talk to the accuser. Make sure you understand why they may be upset. Get all the facts. Problems are just opportunities to learn, wrapped up in wreckage.Sometimes you did nothing wrong and are having to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Or you’re totally to blame and need to sort it all out. Either way, take the high road and be a team player. Being the guy who solved the problem, fixed a relationship and finished the project is key to maintaining a better reputation. No one wants to work with the guy that just got angry and quit.Problem Solving for Creatives #3: ChangeSo now that the wheels have come off, we’ve stopped, thought it through and learned what we did right and what we did wrong, then what? Well now comes the hard part, which is actually changing.One of the biggest challenges of working in a creative field is that we’re being paid to create something artistic for someone else. The artist’s tendency is to get wrapped up in our art, when we should be trying to serve their needs. So we have to let go of ”You’re trying to ruin my art” in favor of a “I’m trying to give you the best version of what you want” approach.They say in script writing that a failure in the third act is really a problem in the first. Often problems arrise because the set up wasn’t worked through properly. The brief wasn’t clear, wrong expectations were set or crucial details were misunderstood. Often projects with tight turn arounds suffer in the briefing stage the most. Spending a healthy amount of time nailing the brief (and getting it down on paper so everyone is clear) can save a lot of headaches later.Like in any business communication is the key to success, but it may even be more so when creativity comes into play. Make sure you understand your client’s vision of the project, the objectives and the timelines. Use what you’ve learned from past mistakes to ensure that you can complete what they’re after in the time allotted.Nailing a project without headaches can be key in turning a first time client into a lifelong client. Put your ego aside, be communicative and enjoy creative success!
Image via ShutterstockOperational LimitationsUnmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. (25 kg).Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only; the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls of the small UAS. Alternatively, the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the visual observer.At all times the small unmanned aircraft must remain close enough to the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls of the small UAS for those people to be capable of seeing the aircraft with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses.Small unmanned aircraft may not operate over any persons not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, and not inside a covered stationary vehicle.Daylight-only operations, or civil twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting.Must yield right of way to other aircraft.May use visual observer (VO) but not required.First-person view camera cannot satisfy “see-and-avoid” requirement but can be used as long as requirement is satisfied in other ways.Maximum groundspeed of 100 mph (87 knots).Maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level (AGL) or, if higher than 400 feet AGL, remain within 400 feet of a structure.Minimum weather visibility of 3 miles from control station.Operations in Class B, C, D and E airspace are allowed with the required ATC permission.Operations in Class G airspace are allowed without ATC permission.No person may act as a remote pilot in command or VO for more than one unmanned aircraft operation at one time.No operations from a moving aircraft.No operations from a moving vehicle unless the operation is over a sparsely populated area.No careless or reckless operations.No carriage of hazardous materialsRequires preflight inspection by the remote pilot in command.A person may not operate a small unmanned aircraft if he or she knows or has reason to know of any physical or mental condition that would interfere with the safe operation of a small UAS.Foreign-registered small unmanned aircraft are allowed to operate under part 107 if they satisfy the requirements of part 375.External load operations are allowed if the object being carried by the unmanned aircraft is securely attached and does not adversely affect the flight characteristics or controllability of the aircraft.Transportation of property for compensation or hire allowed, provided that the aircraft, including its attached systems, payload and cargo weigh less than 55 pounds total; The flight is conducted within visual line of sight and not from a moving vehicle or aircraft; The flight occurs wholly within the bounds of a State and does not involve transport between (1) Hawaii and another place in Hawaii through airspace outside Hawaii; (2) the District of Columbia and another place in the District of Columbia; or (3) a territory or possession of the United States and another place in the same territory or possession.Most of the restrictions discussed above are waivable if the applicant demonstrates that his or her operation can safely be conducted under the terms of a certificate of waiver.How will this announcement affect you? How do feel about this new set of rules and regulations? Sound off in the comments below. The Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration announce major changes to drone regulation, including commercial use of aerial footage.Top image via ShutterstockThe DOT and FAA announced the routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems in the United States.We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief. We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxThe new rule takes effect in late August. It allows the use of unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds for non-hobbyist operations. In layman’s terms — you can now shoot aerial footage for commercial video production projects. The FAA will offer a waiver for operations, requiring pilots to keep unmanned aircraft within visual line of sight, operated only during daylight hours. Twilight hours if the drone has anti-collision lights.With this new rule, we are taking a careful and deliberate approach that balances the need to deploy this new technology with the FAA’s mission to protect public safety. But this is just our first step. We’re already working on additional rules that will expand the range of operations. – FAA Administrator Michael HuertaImage via ShutterstockUnder the final rule, the person actually flying a drone must be at least 16 years old and have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating or be directly supervised by someone with such a certificate. To qualify for a remote pilot certificate, an individual must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center. The TSA will conduct a security background check of all remote pilot applications prior to issuance of a certificate.Operators are responsible for ensuring a drone is safe before flying, but the FAA is not requiring small UAS to comply with current agency airworthiness standards or aircraft certification. Instead, the remote pilot will simply have to perform a preflight visual and operational check of the small UAS to ensure that safety-pertinent systems are functioning property. This includes checking the communications link between the control station and the UAS.SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT RULE (PART 107)Here are the major highlights of the new regulations.Image via ShutterstockRemote Pilot in Command Certification and ResponsibilitiesThose wishing to fly commercially will need a pilot certificate, which will be issued by the FAA in the coming months. The certificate will establish a remote pilot in command position.To qualify for a remote pilot certificate, a person must:Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center-or- Hold a part 61 pilot certificate other than student pilot, complete a flight review within the previous 24 months, and complete a small UAS online training course provided by the FAA.Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.Be at least 16 years old.The FAA anticipates that it will be able to issue a temporary remote pilot certificate within ten business days after receiving a completed remote pilot certificate application.A remote pilot in command must:Make available to the FAA, upon request, the small UAS for inspection or testing, plus any associated documents/records required to be kept under the rule.Report to the FAA within ten days of any operation that results in at least serious injury, loss of consciousness, or property damage of at least $500.Conduct a preflight inspection, to include specific aircraft and control station systems checks, to ensure the small UAS is in a condition for safe operation.Ensure that the small unmanned aircraft complies with the existing registration requirements specified in § 91.203(a)(2). A remote pilot in command may deviate from the requirements of this rule in response to an in-flight emergency