Attorney: Proposed Rules Will Bring Stepped-Up Enforcement Actions

Although the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules for small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) would benefit both makers and users of the aircraft, they will lead to stepped-up enforcement actions from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to an attorney from law firm LeClairRyan.

Tim Adelman, aviation attorney and head of a LeClairRyan practice group focused on UAS, says the proposed rules are welcome news for the UAS industry and its customers, both of which have struggled amid considerable ambiguity on the use of drones in U.S. airspace.

‘Regulatory clarity could be a boon to makers and sellers of small UAS, in particular. However, as the industry grows, we can expect corresponding growth of FAA enforcement actions.”

“UAS operators should take care to avoid running afoul of the FAA,’ he warns.

Adelman says the long-delayed rules are both thoughtful and practical given the considerable challenge of safely integrating small UAS into the national airspace. There is a now a 60-day public-comment period on the proposed rules.

“The FAA is seeking to answer key questions here such as the types of UAS to be regulated, appropriate operating conditions, required operator certifications, airspace limitations, acceptable uses and more,’ he explains. ‘This is an important first step toward creating a safe, integrated regulatory framework for UAS in the United States.’

More on the proposed rules can be found here.


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