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Published on Friday, June 16, 2017

Federal drone registration rules struck down by appeals court

A U.S. Court of Appeals recently struck down the 2015 regulation requiring drone operators to register with the FAA. The court held that the regulations were in violation of the “FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012” which prohibits the agency from issuing any rule or regulation of model aircraft. In response, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate concerning state and local authority to regulate drones. There have been multiple attempts to pass drone regulations in the Washington State Legislature but, currently, none of have passed into law.