The nation’s leading consumer electronics and top unmanned aviation organizations aren’t big fans of flight facilities. Note: This is not a typo, but we’ll explain.
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today published a “Concern” about aviation legislation in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and West Virginia that would hinder drone operations by partitioning the airspace and imposing leasing regulations and charging.
“CTA is concerned about the increasing number of state-level bills that would limit drone operations and essentially create toll roads in the sky,” said Douglas Johnson, vice president of technology policy at CTA. “If this type of legislation is passed, it will stunt the growth of the industry and harm local drone companies and everyone who benefits from this versatile technology – from farmers to rural residents to home patients.”
“We need a continuation of the FAA’s national rules and approaches – not a patchwork of conflicting and unsafe state laws that divide airspace and increase costs for consumers and drone operators,” said Michael Robbins, executive vice president of government and public affairs. AUVSI. “We need to make sure that drones keep moving forward and provide new opportunities, jobs and services to cities and states in the US.”
Wait, what is aviation?
According to USLegal.com, flight relief is “relief or a right to fly in the airspace over or near a particular property. It also includes the right to generate noise or other effects that may result from the lawful operation of aircraft in such airspace and the right to remove obstacles to such an overflight. “In short, aviation is a cross between aviation and navigation.
CTA and AUVSI believe aviation (or “toll roads in the sky”) will hinder drone innovation. According to CTA research, “Drones [for example] provide critical solutions, from providing essential supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic to helping first responders in emergencies. In the United States, 17 percent of households owned a drone in 2020. 13.2 million households planned to buy a drone in 2021.
So what these groups are saying is simple: If states try to collect unnecessary tolls, lives can be lost when drones have to deal with a barrage of regulations or tolls.
“As more people and businesses use drones, the CTA and AUVSI urge state lawmakers to work with industry to pursue balanced and appropriate policies that do not hamper innovation,” the joint statement said.
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