Transitioning from military to commercial availability has increased the drone’s usage in various industries and sparked public debate over privacy and safety concerns.
As drone-related legislation continues to evolve rapidly, stay up to date with federal and state laws by consulting the FAA’s fact sheet which includes contact information for your region.
Take a flight with The Beacon as we introduce various quadcopter aviation techniques, drone use-cases, and the regulatory landscape.
Drones are revolutionizing agricultural field surveillance and maintenance, decreasing labor costs and increasing yields. Thermal imaging, for example, detects under-watered versus oversaturated crops, increasing watering efficiency.
Drones are effective for surveillance, mapping, delivery of supplies and situational intelligence. Privacy and safety concerns have forced municipalities to seek federal approval to use drones within the public sector. 3
High-resolution cameras are a standard feature on most commercially available drones. These quadcopters are enabling amazing photos and videos from a viewpoint humans would never see.17
In the 2017 legislative session, at least 38 states are discussing drone-related regulation. Five states have already been successful in passing eight pieces of legislation.
Most states have mirrored regulation for recreational drones as the FAA has for commercial. Common regulations prohibit flight near airports4 and other protected air space6. Other states have addressed concerns over privacy, law enforcement, weaponization and wildlife harassment.4