Date: 6/28/18 5:32 pm From: Rich Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] here come the drones
Not sure how this will play out in other counties, but this was an issue here in Fairfax Co last year. Looks like the model aircraft people took their case to the state - I've had to "redact" a few links in the original email, but you get the gist... at least the FCPA is "hopeful", me, not so much. Rich Rieger, Alexandria
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As you might know, the Park Authority’s further consideration of a future unmanned aircraft/drone program was placed on hold while the General Assembly considered House Bill 638 and Senate Bill 526 concerning the local regulation of privately owned unmanned aircraft. The legislation was adopted, with the change in law (Va. Code §19.2-926.3) effective July 1, 2018.
In compliance with state law, the use of drones on Park Authority properties is allowed starting July 1. Pilots are expected to abide by all applicable Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, safety guidance, and airspace restrictions. We are hopeful that operators will respect other park users, stay clear of wildlife and natural and cultural resource areas and generally, be respectful in their use of unmanned aircraft over parkland.
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