This article examines how the expanding application of drone technology is challenging existing legal and aviation regulatory systems in the United States. These challenges have required the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to regulate drones in unique ways.
Various regulatory attempts by States have complicated the establishment of uniform national regulations. Military drone use has added to the airspace congestion and near miss scenarios. Additionally, privacy concerns and nuisance drone use by private citizens brings the effects of drones outside the scope of simple aviation regulation.
It is submitted that effective national regulation needs to be established in spite of these many challenges. These regulations must carefully balance encouraging innovation of drone technology and protecting those impacted by drone use.
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