Drone regulation in the US is at a key turning point as a bill seeking to give states and cities control over laws surrounding low-flying drones could undermine the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), an industry insider has said.
Diana Cooper, president of the Drone Operators Federation and Small UAV Coalition as well as the SVP of policy and strategy at PrecisionHawk, expressed her concern surrounding the future of drone regulation in the US.
In October, Senator Mike Lee introduced a bill that would see rules regarding low-flying drones being made by states, cities and municipalities instead of the FAA.
Cooper said: “These kinds of proposals to arbitrarily carve up the airspace and undermine the FAA’s exclusive jurisdiction is arguably the largest regulatory threat to the drone industry.
“The U.S. is at risk of losing its global advantage in 2020 if it continues to pursue policies that create a patchwork of inconsistent or confusing UAS regulations.”