Policy & Regulations

New York Lawmaker Seeks Ban on UAVs Near Prisons

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 24, 2017

New York Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant, has introduced a bill that would ban the civilian use of drones near correctional facilities in the state. Specifically, the legislation would outlaw the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) within 1,000 feet [Read More]

Utah Gov. Signs Drone Livestock Harassment Bill into Law

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 24, 2017

Gov. Gary R. Herbert, R-Utah, has signed into law H.B.217, a bill that keeps unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators from “harassing” livestock. Rolled out earlier this year by chief sponsor Rep. Scott Chew, R-District 55, and floor sponsor Sen. Don [Read More]

FAA Predicts the Future of Commercial, Hobbyist UAS Industry

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on March 21, 2017

“The commercial drone sector is very dynamic and appears to be at an early stage of growth,” says the federal agency, which has laid out the numbers for both the recreational and commercial UAS sectors.

Canada Puts ‘Sudden Regulations’ in Place for Hobbyist Drone Operators

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 16, 2017

Citing a tripling of “incidents” involving recreational drones since 2014, Transport Canada has introduced new rules for hobbyist unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators. According to a press release from Transport Canada, Marc Garneau, the minister of transport, announced the immediate [Read More]

Legislators Re-Introduce Bill on UAS ‘Privacy and Transparency’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 15, 2017

U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., have introduced bicameral legislation that they say would ensure the transparency and privacy of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations. According to the lawmakers, who introduced a similar bill [Read More]

Shooting Down UAS Would be A-OK Under Proposed Oklahoma Law

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on March 13, 2017

Citing privacy issues, State Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Okla., has proposed a bill that would give immunity to those who “voluntarily damage or destroy” a drone under certain circumstances.

DJI Finds FAA’s Weight Standard for Low-Risk UAS to be ‘Deeply Flawed’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 06, 2017

In a newly released white paper, drone manufacturer DJI has concluded that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set its weight standard “far too low” for determining which drones pose the lowest risk to people. The FAA’s 2015 registration task force [Read More]

UT Knoxville Lays Down the Law for UAS Operations on Campus

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 03, 2017

The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UT Knoxville) is making its own rules regarding unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on “university property or in connection with university employment.” According to an announcement from the university, anyone planning to operate a UAS on [Read More]

DJI-Sponsored Group Aims to Give Drone Pilots Bigger Voice in Local Laws

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 02, 2017

The Network of Drone Enthusiasts (NODE) has commenced operations as a new group dedicated to “representing the interests of responsible drone pilots across the country.” The goal, according to NODE, is to provide drone users and affiliated drone organizations a [Read More]

Golden State Met With Yet Another Proposed Drone Law

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on February 22, 2017

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson has rolled out another bill that continues the age-old confusion surrounding federal preemption for UAS regulations.