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Federal vs. Local Drone Authority

Friday, July 27, 2018 10:00

The FAA issued a press release on July 20, 2018, entitled "FAA-Statement - Federal vs. Local Drone Authority.  Here is an excerpt.

"Congress has provided the FAA with exclusive authority to regulate aviation safety, the efficiency of the navigable airspace, and air traffic control, among other things. State and local governments are not permitted to regulate any type of aircraft operations, such as flight paths or altitudes, or the navigable airspace.

"However, these powers are not the same as regulation of aircraft landing sites, which involves local control of land and zoning. Laws traditionally related to state and local police power – including land use, zoning, privacy, and law enforcement operations – generally are not subject to federal regulation.

"Cities and municipalities are not permitted to have their own rules or regulations governing the operation of aircraft. However, as indicated, they may generally determine the location of aircraft landing sites through their land use powers." 

To learn more, here is a direct link to the FAA press release. Press Release - FAA Statement - Federal vs. Local Drone Authority