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Groups urge Congress to delay new drone lawsGroups urge Congress to delay new drone laws

AOPA joined 12 other organizations urging Congress to wait for forthcoming Drone Advisory Committee recommendations before legislating, particularly when it comes to bills that would alter the roles and responsibilities of various levels of government.

A carbon-fiber drone with GPS tracking lifts off. iStock photo.

As state and local governments across the country propose, and enact, new rules and restrictions on unmanned aircraft that may conflict with federal regulations, members of Congress have begun considering whether to legislate changes in the roles and jurisdictions of various government entities with regard to drones.

AOPA was among 13 signatories of a June 15 letter sent to all members of Congress that noted each group has a “profound interest in the safe and responsible integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or ‘drones’ into the National Airspace System,” and that the Drone Advisory Committee, created by the FAA (and of which AOPA is a member), is studying precisely this issue, among others. The roles of local, state, and federal government agencies is one focus of the committee’s ongoing work, and the June 15 letter asked lawmakers to stand by for recommendations developed through a consensus of stakeholders who comprise the committee, recommendations that will be forthcoming in a report to be released later this year.

“A consistent framework, agreed upon by all parties involved, is essential for the future regulatory system governing one of the fastest-growing areas in the aerospace and technology sectors,” the letter to Congress concludes. “We appreciate your willingness to allow a multi-stakeholder process to proceed and not jeopardize ongoing and collaborative efforts.”

The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Helicopter Association International, National Business Aviation Association, and Air Traffic Control Association were among the groups joining AOPA in this request.

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Editor-Web
Editor-Web Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
Topics: Unmanned Aircraft, Advocacy

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