[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement today in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule governing operations for commercial drone use.
“Until now, millions of drones have been flying without having to follow any rules of the road. Although the FAA’s action today is an important first step toward making sure drones are operated with real oversight, we know this rule only applies to drones used for commercial purposes. As a result, millions of drones flown by hobbyist and recreational users will still be unregulated, flying free of federal rules that protect others who rely on safe airspace. That is unacceptable, and it’s why I call on the House to pass language -- like that in the Senate-passed FAA Reauthorization bill -- that allows for rules that govern all drone users so we can be confident they all will operate safely.”
As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which has jurisdiction over this issue, Blumenthal has called for stronger regulations on recreational drone use and for the FAA to take tough enforcement action against drones that threaten privacy and pose a serious risk to air travel. He has also cosponsored legislation, led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), to ensure recreational drone users are regulated.