FAA press release clarifies Federal vs Local Drone Authority

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released a press release statement explaining where they stand on the issue of Local vs. Federal drone regulations.[1]

There is still confusion on whether cities and municipalities can enforce their own drone laws governing the operation of aircraft. To clear up any misunderstandings on Local and Federal drone regulations, the FAA issued a statement explaining where the FAA stands on this issue.

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 aircraft operations, such as flight paths or altitudes, or the navigable airspace. State and Local authorities may determine the take-off and landing areas for drones, but only the FAA has the authority to control the National Airspace.

Laws traditionally related to state and local jurisdiction include laws about land use, zoning, privacy, and law enforcement operations. These types of laws are not subject to federal regulation.

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