The states that develop their own, entrepreneur friendly, drone regulations will have an edge in the new drone economy. What is the new drone economy? An estimated $6.4 billion is currently being spent each year on developing drone technology globally. That number is expected to nearly double in future years, bringing the total amount spent on drones for both military and commercial applications to $11.5 billion annually by 2024.
Iowa is taking steps today that will give them the edge tomorrow. According to Planning and Outreach Manager Tim McClung, for the time being, the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation is treating drones like any other aircraft. All they ask is that drone pilots register their drones.
Commercial drone operators in Iowa may be getting federal approval to fly their unmanned vehicles but they still need to register with state officials.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation is treating drones like any other aircraft, Planning and Outreach Manager Tim McClung told the Register.
“We are going to keep them under the same language. We’re doing a watch and see,” McClung said. “We’re going to see if there is anything we learn and if there are any changes we need to make in the future.”