While Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly—if inaccurately—known as drones, continue to fly near the edges of federal preemption, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to provide guidance for this emerging technology in the commercial space while the rules are being scoped, defined, and refined at the national level.

The FAA issued a Fact Sheet yesterday designed to provide guidance to states and municipalities considering laws or regulations addressing UAS issues. The FAA suggests examples of laws impacting UAS that might require FAA consultation. The Fact Sheet also gives examples of UAS laws likely to fall within state and local government authority.

Ballard Spahr's attorneys understand the challenging environment and complex legal issues facing new and legacy aviation and aerospace companies. The state of unmanned aircraft regulation is fluid and dynamic. If you or your company operate in this area or are considering unmanned aircraft production, operation, or utilization for incidental business purposes via contract, please contact Christopher Celentino at 619.487.0797 or celentinoc@ballardspahr.com.

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