New Laws That Thankfully Didn’t Pass
An example of legislative overreach is a previous bipartisan new drone law bill that thankfully failed to move forward. HR2930 would have directed the Department of Transportation (DOT) to publish a civil unmanned aircraft (drone) local operation policy framework in the Federal Register. The framework would have provided “guidelines to standardize restrictions on the operation of drones and create an environment that encourages innovation and fosters the rapid integration of drones into the national airspace system. DOT shall establish pilot programs to provide technical assistance to governmental entities for regulating the operation of drones. DOT shall not authorize the operation of drones in local airspace above property where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy without the property owner’s permission.”
Legislators Need More Understanding
Congressman Jason Lewis offered this statement regarding the HR2930, “America continues to lead the world in technological advances. It’s clear to me that drones have a growing role to play in interstate commerce, and that’s vital to maintaining our economic strength at home and competitiveness on the world stage. The Drone Innovation Act will promote the spirit of invention by establishing a clear framework for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Importantly, my legislation also lays out clear protections for your right to privacy and gives local governments the primary responsibility in forming guidelines for how drones can be used in our communities. I look forward to working with the FAA to maintain an environment that works for all stakeholders, and thank my colleagues for their support.”
Congresswoman Julia Brownley also stated, “Congress needs to do more to spur innovation in this exciting new field of aviation, while at the same time promoting the safe integration of unmanned systems into the national airspace. As this process moves forward, it’s important that we explore the proper role of state and local governments in helping to foster innovation. The pilot program created by the bill would be one step that can help lead us forward. I look forward to working with the Drone Advisory Committee, and other industry stakeholders, as Congress considers these issues, and thank my colleague, Jason Lewis, for leading this effort.”
Why the Industry Needs A Strong Lobby
HR-2930 is a prime example of why the industry must ensure proper participation with legislation. Many people affected oppose the complete removal of Section 336 will negatively affect a hobby that encourages young and old alike to learn and participate in aviation. Currently, you can fly a model aircraft in the United States under an FAA regulation known as Part 107. Part 107 mandates that an operator must be older than 16. The other is part 336. 336 had a lot of open languages which made it easier for teenagers and children 15 and younger to fly for educational purposes.