Island Express Helicopters was limited to operating when the pilot was able to see clearly when flying.
The pilot reportedly had the federal certification to fly the helicopter relying only on cockpit instruments.
However he is likely to have had little experience in doing so, experts say.
This was due to him being restricted by the company's licensing.
The cause of the crash in foggy weather west of Los Angeles is still being investigated. Bryant was on his way to coach his daughter's basketball team in a local youth tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy.