Regulating Drones and Protecting Manned Aircraft
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 26, 2016 at 3:41 PM
This Wednesday, the City Council unanimously approved the resolution which I co-authored with Council President Herb Wesson to support Senator Barbara Boxer’s Safe Drone Act of 2015 (S. 2157), which would make it a misdemeanor to operate a drone within two miles of a fire, airport or near other restricted airspace.
The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, has exploded in recent years across the United States.As the use of drones has grown, so too have sightings of these devices flying over forest fires and near airports. Drones flying in these areas pose a serious threat to the safety of manned aircraft engaged in firefighting activities, or to aircraft attempting to land or take off from an airport. A collision between a drone and a manned aircraft could have catastrophic results, and because of this, manned aircraft engaged in firefighting efforts have had to delay flying in areas until the drone left the airspace.
This bill is a necessary step to ensuring that the use of drones does not continue in areas where they pose a threat to manned aircraft.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of Public Safety Committee
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