NAAA Endorses Legislation Providing Local Authority of Drone Use and Technological Safeguards
NAAA, in a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) last week, supported legislative efforts to provide local governments authority over drone use, as well as legislation requiring technological safeguards for drones.
Feinstein is the author of "The Drone Federalism Act of 2017" (S.1272), which was introduced last month. S.1272 would create a process by which the federal government would work with state and local governments to manage the use of both recreational and commercial drones and issue reasonable restrictions on the time, manner and place of operation of a civil unmanned aircraft system that is operated below 200 feet above ground level or within 200 feet of a structure. The bill defines "reasonable restrictions" to include: limits on speed; prohibitions on flight near any public or private property; restrictions on operations during certain times of day or week, or special occasions; and other "prohibitions that protect public safety, personal privacy, or property rights, or that manage land use or restrict noise pollution."