April 27, 2017

Barely a week or sometimes a day goes by without news of a new state or local drone law, but it hasn’t always been so. The earliest such attempt to regulate drones didn’t occur until 2009.

That is one of several insights from a report released today by the Center for the Study of the Drone. “Drones at Home: State and Local Drone Laws” is the first of three reports the center will release this year exploring the topic. Future reports will cover the use of drones by public safety agencies and the methods of enforcing state and local laws.

“Many of the laws that have passed have enacted statutes aimed at restricting the use of drones by law enforcement, prohibiting drones from flying over critical infrastructure, and preventing individuals from using drones to invade someone else’s privacy,” the report said. “Some of the laws have defined strict penalties for violations, including felony and misdemeanor charges and fines.”

The report includes a chart that identifies the state, city, date of enactment and description of each ordinance. Numerous links point readers toward more information.

Here are some of the historical tidbits and key statistics from the report:

April 21, 2017

By K. Daniel Glover The National Park Service’s recent drone search for two missing hikers at the bottom of the Grand Canyon wasn’t successful, but it highlighted the potential value of the park’s drone fleet, the only one like it in the national park system. Grand Canyon chief ranger Matt Vandzura told the Associated Press […]

April 7, 2017

If you want to know how many drone pilots are certified to fly in your state, sUAS News editor Gary Mortimer has the answer in visual form. He used the CARTO platform to create a map based on the FAA’s database of drone pilots. Mortimer incorporated the map into a story about the 10 states […]