A federal aviation regulator has banned drone pilots from becoming part of the FAA’s drone pilot job listings.
The rule is a response to a pilot program launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation in May, which allowed drone pilots to join the Federal Aviation Administration’s pilot program.
The FAA has not specified a time frame for when the rule would take effect.
It is not clear if the FAA will follow through on its rule, but the agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Under the FAA program, drone pilots who are currently working with FAA-licensed drone operators must undergo an orientation course before they can become certified pilots, the agency said.
The FAA said the pilot program also allows pilots to use the drones for “other legitimate FAA purposes” and has a pilot certification exam and an operational training course.