Policy & Regulations

Golden State Met With Yet Another Proposed Drone Law

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.

U.S. Senator Hatch Makes the Case for Unmanned Systems

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

As part of his innovation agenda for the 115th Congress, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has noted the importance of advancing the unmanned systems industry in the U.S. Hatch, who serves as chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, [Read More]

How to Move Drone Industry Forward Under New Trump Order

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

The Commercial Drone Alliance has proposed a way to keep the industry thriving under the White House’s recent executive order of “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”

FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee Comes Together for Another Meeting

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 08, 2017

According to the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, the committee met to “consider three tasks aimed at gaining a consensus-based set of resolutions for issues regarding the efficiency and safety of integrating UAS into the NAS.”

Utah Rep. Proposes Jail Time for ‘Harassing’ Livestock with UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

A Republican congressman in Utah has proposed a bill to deter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilots from “harassing” livestock. According to the text of the legislation, H.B.0217, “a person is guilty of harassment of livestock if the person intentionally, knowingly [Read More]

UAS Groups Ready to Work with New Transportation Secretary Chao

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Elaine Chao as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation; she will succeed Anthony Foxx. Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), says in a statement, [Read More]

Industry Has Some Concerns About Orlando’s Own Drone Rules

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 25, 2017

The city has approved an ordinance that restricts unmanned aircraft system operations in many different zones, including within 500 feet of parks, schools, and events with more than 1,000 attendees.

There’s Already a Law for That: City Councilman Cancels Proposed Drone Ordinance

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 23, 2017

Citing already existing laws, North Royalton, Ohio, Councilman Dan Langshaw has withdrawn his proposed drone bill that he said would have provided “some basic regulations to help protect residents’ safety and privacy.” According to a report from Fox 8 Cleveland, [Read More]

‘Fair Hunting’ Drone Legislation Proposed in Minnesota

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 23, 2017

A new law regarding the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has been proposed in the Minnesota State Legislature. According to the text of the legislation, “A person may not use an unmanned aircraft system to take, harm or harass [Read More]

Commercial Drone Pilots: The FAA Has Made Some Changes You Should Know About

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 20, 2017

If you’ve been approved under Section 333 to operate unmanned aircraft systems over people, you might be doing it illegally now.

S.D. Bill Would Exempt Drone Owners from State Registration

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017

By a vote of 7-0, South Dakota’s Senate Transportation Committee has voted yes on a measure that would exempt unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators from having to register their drones with the state. According to the text of the legislation, [Read More]

FAA Reminds Public of Inauguration Flight Restrictions

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017

It’s probably a no-brainer, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reminding the public that Washington, D.C., is a strict no-drone zone for this Friday’s presidential inauguration. The Know Before You Fly campaign says unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators should [Read More]

Arizona City Chats with the Public on UAVs in Parks

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 16, 2017

The City of Tempe, Ariz., is seeking public input on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the city’s parks. According to an announcement from the city’s government, Councilmember Joel Navarro is inviting the community to a Jan. 17 [Read More]

Mizzou’s Journalism School Establishes its Own Drone Guidelines

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 12, 2017

The University of Missouri’s School of Journalism recently passed its first set of guidelines for the use of drones for students and staff. According to the university, the standards promote a “safe, legal and responsible protocol for students, faculty and [Read More]

Save the Date: FAA Invites Public to Next Drone Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

The next meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) will be held Jan. 31 at the University of Nevada in Reno. Last year, the FAA established the long-term DAC in an effort to help shape the [Read More]

FAA Highlights ‘Revolution and Evolution’ of UAS Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

“We have to approach our challenges with the same kind of creativity and open-mindedness that is fueling the drone revolution,” said Michael Huerta, FAA administrator, at last week’s CES 2017.

New Year Reflections: Shhh, Don’t Say ‘Drone’

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

It’s now 2017. Have we gone beyond the days of avoiding the word “drone” – versus “UAS” or “UAV” – in the commercial and civil industry?

Drone Registration Celebrates First Birthday: How Has it Fared?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Over the past year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency’s system has registered a whopping 616,000 drone owners.

Small UAV Coalition’s Walden Gets Nod to Chair Global UAS Group

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

The Small UAV Coalition has announced that Gregory Walden, counsel to the coalition and former Federal Aviation Administration chief counsel, has been elected chair of the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) Stakeholder Consultation Body (SCB). Walden also [Read More]

Inspector General Audits FAA on Drones: How Does the Agency Measure Up?

Written by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

According to the OIG, the Federal Aviation Administration, rather than “proactively identifying and mitigating risks,” is taking a “reactive approach to UAS oversight.”