Michigan Taskforce Recommends Drones Use Limits to Legislature

A report issued by the Michigan drone task force recommends limiting the operation of drones around such areas as correctional facilities, tourist destinations and prominent bridges. The 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force (UASTF), which includes a member of the broadcast industry, was created earlier this year to form statewide policy on the operation and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems. ¬†Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature will review the recommendations in the panel’s report.

“The UASTF recommends that the Legislature consider legislation that would prohibit interference with a key facility, as currently defined in statute with a UAS. This legislation should include no specific airspace restriction, but rather a prohibition on a certain conduct such as ‘interference’ or similarly defined term,” the task force’s report states.

The report also contains 13 recommendations, including the creation of an Unmanned Aerial System Joint Program Office, developing education and outreach strategies and expanding the American Center for Mobility to include unmanned aircraft. The panel’s report said it worked to balance safety needs while respecting the Federal Aviation Administration’s authority over airspace.

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