In 2016, over 670,000 drones were registered across the United States. That’s a lot of drones flying in a lot of different localities. Have you ever wondered what the legal landscape looks like? We’ve got “one hundred and thirty five localities in 31 states” that have recently enacted drone rules.
There are roughly 30 million people living in U.S. localities that have enacted their own rules for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – including many ordinances that conflict with already existing state and federal laws, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of the Drone, a research institution established by New York State’s Bard College.
- One hundred and thirty five localities in 31 states have enacted drone rules in recent years. These localities are home to over 30 million people.
- The most common local restrictions include prohibitions against flying drones over public property and private property without the property owner’s consent.
- A number of these rules may to contravene federal authority, and could result in legal conflict.
- State statutes restrict the use of drones by law enforcement, the use of drones over critical infrastructure, and flights over private property, among other types of operations.
As a drone operator, it’s your responsibility to know and follow the local rules that govern drone operation in your locality and the best place to learn is at a drone training school like Drone Universities. We’ve been teaching drone operators just like you for over two years and regardless of your skill level, we have a course for you.