UASTF makes recommendations on UAS regulations in Michigan



The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force (UASTF) has released a report of recommendations that it presented to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and the state Legislature regarding UAS.

The report presents a desire to have a regulatory environment that respects state and federal areas of authority, while also establishing the state of Michigan as a “welcoming location to test, develop, and deploy this technology.”

“As the use of drones becomes more popular for commercial and recreational use, it is critically important that we develop a statewide policy to ensure the safety of Michiganders while still allowing the creative freedom necessary for developing new applications for this technology,” Snyder says.

“I appreciate the work this task force has done and look forward to working with my legislative partners to implement their recommendations.”

Established by Public Act 436 of 2016 when it was signed into law by the governor on Jan. 3 of this year, the task force believes that Michigan is “well-positioned to capitalize on the numerous benefits of UAS to be fully realized,” whether through commercial use, assisting the mission of public agencies, or just the enjoyment by recreational enthusiasts.

At the same time, though, the task force found that there needs to be “clear standards for special situations for public safety and protection of personal privacy.”

“I would like to thank the members and staff of the task force,” comments Mike Trout, MDOT Office of Aeronautics executive administrator and UASTF chair.

“The task force members recognize that public awareness for all users will be essential to prevent misunderstandings, inadvertent violations of laws, and potentially dangerous situations. A robust education effort will be a necessary compliment to the regulatory framework.”

A summary of the proposed state of Michigan UASTF recommendations can be found here, while the full text of the report can be found here.

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