The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required, among other provisions, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop a plan to safely integrate drones (civil unmanned aircraft systems) into the national airspace system by September 30, 2015.
As of October 2015, the FAA has not published any material and seems to have missed its congressionally mandated deadline.
The lack of regulations leaves a void creating uncertainty among amateurs and businesses. Meanwhile, states and municipalities may attempt to fill the current regulatory gap, at times with laws that they may not have the authority to enforce.
For more information on Drones, see our article: Non Military Drones: a bird’s eye overview of legal sources
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