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.
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.
“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.