Policy & Regulations

Indiana Bill Seeks to Create Four New UAV-Related Misdemeanors

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 21, 2017

Having passed the Indiana General Assembly, a bill creating misdemeanor offenses specifically related to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is on its way to the desk of Gov. Eric Holcomb for his final consideration. According to author Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, [Read More]

FAA Faces Another Inspector General Audit on Drone Progress

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 17, 2017

The OIG is conducting the audit due to the “significant safety implications of integrating UAS into the National Airspace System and the increasing number of both requested and approved UAS waivers.”

FAA Offers New Maps in Hopes of Expediting Drone Authorization Requests

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 10, 2017

In an effort to help the agency process Part 107 airspace authorization requests more quickly, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is creating new maps that will depict areas and altitudes near airports where drones can safely operate. The agency, which plans [Read More]

Report Probes Local Drone Laws: What’s Going on Around the Country?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 04, 2017

UAS rules have been established in 135 localities in 31 U.S. states, according to new analysis from Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone. However, many of these ordinances conflict with federal laws.

Proposed Drone Bill Threatens to Upend Privacy Standards, Stifle UAS Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 29, 2017

The Commercial Drone Alliance argues that the “Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act” would create an additional layer of regulation that departs significantly from our existing technology-neutral standards.

FAA Unveils Drone Stats, New Rulemaking Committee

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 29, 2017

During his opening remarks at this week’s UAS Symposium in Reston, Va., Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), laid out some notable statistics on the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry, as well as announced a new drone [Read More]

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]