Yet another piece of drone legislation is in circulation; the Safe DRONE Act of 2017 was recently introduced by U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner, John Hoeven, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Dean Heller. The Act proposes the following for unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) in the U.S.:
The Act’s aim is to help ensure that the U.S. is well positioned to keep up with the rapidly developing drone industry. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); the Small UAV Coalition; and Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), which operates one of the seven FAA-designated UAS test sites, all support the Act. We will keep an eye on this new legislation, which if passed, could give a great boost to the UAS industry and the regulations revolving around it.