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FAA Issues Drone Policy Guide for State, Local Regulators

droneThe Federal Aviation Administration has published a fact sheet to inform state and local government agencies of FAA’s proposed framework for the regulation of small unmanned aircraft systems, Fedscoop reported Friday.

Alex Koma writes the FAA developed the guide in order to prevent differing UAS restrictions that it believes could hamper the agency’s efforts to manage national airspace.

Forty-five U.S. states have attempted to implement rules for drone operators in their jurisdictions during 2015, according to the FAA.

The agency has also instructed state and local aviation organizations to seek federal government approval before they impose a separate UAS registration requirement, Koma reports.

The instruction came after the FAA launched a web-based system for civilian drone operators to register their remotely piloted aerial systems that weigh 55 pounds or less.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Small UAV Coalition have said they support a single FAA-provided regulatory framework,

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