On February 19, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone-owners’ registry went into full effect. Remarkably, it is now a federal felony to fly a drone weighing more than 0.55 pounds – including any drone owned prior to implementation of the new rule – without first registering as a drone pilot and paying a fee to the FAA.
The FAA has justified its rapid regulatory action by pointing to largely hypothetical harms brought on by the proliferation of consumer drones. Others maintain that this view distorts the true impact of drones by ignoring or downplaying their benefits, and that the dangers drones pose are mischaracterized as being truly novel, when in fact this is not the case. And, while the FAA claims it can preempt nearly any state or local drone law, opponents point out that drones are no reason to jettison the institution of federalism.
Are drones actually the threatening new technology they have often been presented to be? Do we need new criminal laws and regulations to deal with drone-related threats to individuals’ privacy and property interests, or do sufficient remedies already exist in both the civil and criminal law? Is there room for state and local governments to act in the drone space? Join us for a panel discussion of these crucial questions, featuring an attorney and drone enthusiast currently suing the FAA, a representative from one of the largest commercial drone manufacturers, and two policy experts.
More About the Speakers
Head of North America Public Policy, DJI Technology
Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Research Associate, The Heritage Foundation