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Marty Hall mjhall at alaskarcs.com
Mon Dec 21 11:34:31 AKST 2015

FAA Asserts Authority Over Drone Use

By Russ Niles


The FAA has issued a statement (PDF
) asserting its authority over airspace matters and warning municipal and
state governments to butt out when it comes to regulating drones. On Dec.
21, new registration requirements come into effect for drones weighing more
than 250 grams. In its statement the FAA is reminding junior levels of
government that they have no business trying to regulate drones or any other
type of aerial activity. "Substantial air safety issues are raised when
state or local governments attempt to regulate the operation or flight of
aircraft," the statement, issued by the office of the chief counsel, says.
"If one or two municipalities enacted ordinances regulating UAS in the
navigable airspace and a significant number of municipalities followed suit,
fractionalized control of the navigable airspace could result."

The agency says at least 45 states have expressed interest in regulating
drone flights and the agency is warning state and local jurisdictions to do
their homework before enacting any legislation because the FAA is pretty
much omnipotent in this. "Because Federal registration is the exclusive
means for registering UAS for purposes of operating an aircraft in navigable
airspace, no state or local government may impose an additional registration
requirement on the operation of UAS in navigable airspace without first
obtaining FAA approval," the agency wrote. There are a few areas in which
the FAA says junior governments can pass laws (like restrictions on police
surveillance, peeping drones and hunting-related activities) but the FAA is
urging all jurisdictions to check first before trying to write drone laws.
The statement has a list of contacts for consultation.



Marty Hall DER

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