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John Putnam Presents on Regulation of UAS

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference

On March 9, 2018, John Putnam presentd on the local regulation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) / drones at the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute (RMLUI) Conference.  Drones are flying over communities in greater numbers, raising questions about privacy, safety, noise, and other issues. Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local governments have been working to extend regulations to cover widespread UAS use and rapidly evolving technology.  However, both FAA and UAS users have argued that many local efforts are preempted by federal law.  This session evaluated the scope of permissible local regulation of UAS, grounded in current federal regulation of drone use and technology.

​Please visit RMLUI's website for additional information regarding this conference.