Frequently Asked Questions regarding UAS/Drone Laws
The FAA issued a document called “Law Enforcement Guidance for Suspected Unauthorized UAS Operations.” The FAA has also published a pocket guide that can be provided to officers to give them the basic information they need to response to a UAS call. The bottom line is that the responding officers need to investigate the incident, gather all the information they can and report the incident to the FAA.
In addition, some states have they own statutes regarding the operation of aircraft. As a UAS is an aircraft, law enforcement can use state law to support an action against a UAS violation. For example, in Florida, it is a misdemeanor operate an aircraft without a pilot license in the operator’s possession. Florida also has a statute that makes it a felony to operate an aircraft while intoxicated or in a careless or reckless manner.