State Drone Laws… Keeping them straight

State Drone Laws… Keeping them straight
October 5, 2017 Comments Off on State Drone Laws… Keeping them straight Drone Laws,FAA,Instructor's Corner Tim Trott

As the FAA struggles to grasp the ever-changing drone technologies, the task is complicated by sometimes conflicting local and state laws. The courts recently overruled a drone law in Newton, Massachusetts that did not allow drones to fly BELOW 400 feet over private and city property while the FAA rule does not allow drones to fly OVER 400 feet. Also, there was a regulation in Newton that required a drone operator to register with every municipality that it would fly over. This case illustrates the gauntlet of rules the drone pilot must regulate just to stay in the air.

They called it a “landmark case”, but it’s a constant problem for drone operators to keep track of the maze of state and local drone regulations which often conflict with FAA rules.

I asked attorney Steve Hogan, “Does the Newton ruling keep in place the Newton city registration requirement? How does that balance with the Sterling registration ruling? ” His reply? “Answering that would be legal advice. Best of luck.”

Steve Hogan is one of two prominent attorneys trying to help with publications that outline the many state drone regulations.

Florida Drone Attorney Steve Hogan, host of the popular Drone Law podcast has just published his book in a printed ( – $15.00 paperback) and a free PDF version which can be downloaded HERE

Another Florida Drone Law attorney, Jon Rupprecht has created a Drone Law Directory by state HERE

Both provide excellent resources for Drone Pilots who need the flexibility of operating in different states or just to keep up with the changes in drone regulations in their own state.

The Drone Professor has a training course that explores the applications and implications of Florida’s “Freedom from Surveillance Act”, (FS934.50) as it affects business and public drone operations.

About The Author
Tim Trott Tim Trott is an FDLE certified instructor (#329775), and Certified Remote Pilot. and also passed the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction and Ground School exam and was granted one of the first 400 Section 333 Exemptions. As a writer, Tim has several books and e-books on, including FAA 107 UAG Remote Pilot Study Guide, The Droner's Guide (#15 in its category) and Out of the Blue - The Life and Legend of Kirby 'Sky King' Grant. Many of these courses are available for on-site training through Tim Trott has conducted training courses in Boston, Mass., Texas City and Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, Valencia Community College in Orlando, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee, and Gulf Coast Public Service Academy in Panama City, Florida. Between online and on-site training, Tim Trot has trained close to 1,000 students in various aspects of small Umanned Aircraft Systems operation.