State and Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Fact Sheet   [open pdf - 146KB]

"Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are aircraft subject to regulation by the FAA to ensure safety of flight, and safety of people and property on the ground. States and local jurisdictions are increasingly exploring regulation of UAS or proceeding to enact legislation relating to UAS operations. In 2015, approximately 45 states have considered restrictions on UAS. In addition, public comments on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) proposed rule, 'Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems' (Docket No. FAA-2015-0150), expressed concern about the possible impact of state and local laws on UAS operations. [...] This fact sheet is intended to provide basic information about the federal regulatory framework for use by states and localities when considering laws affecting UAS. State and local restrictions affecting UAS operations should be consistent with the extensive federal statutory and regulatory framework pertaining to control of the airspace, flight management and efficiency, air traffic control, aviation safety, navigational facilities, and the regulation of aircraft noise at its source."

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