Regulating Drone Operation
Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 07, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This week, I partnered with Council President Herb Wesson to introduce a package of legislation aimed at bringing sensible regulation to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the City of Los Angeles.
Over the past several years UAS, often referred to as drones, have become increasingly popular and affordable. As their numbers have increased, so too have the impacts associated with them. Often, operators of these devices fly them in dangerous ways such as operating them over crowds or in the flight paths of manned aircraft. Recent reports have documented UAS being operated over wildfires interfering with fire suppression as well as commercial aircraft in their approach to LAX. This trend is expected to continue and accelerate. Experts estimate that within five to ten years there will be over 100,000 UAS in the skies over Los Angeles at any time.
Regulation is needed now to ensure that UAS operators are aware of how these devices should be safely flown. Importantly, the LAPD and the City Attorney need to be able to intervene when UAS are flown in a dangerous or reckless manner.
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-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District