Georgia UAS Laws

  
 
 
Note on Federal vs State Laws:

Federal airspace laws take precedence over state drone laws. If a state or local law directly conflicts with FAA regulations, the state or local law is likely to be invalidated.

 

Definitions:

'Unmanned aircraft system' means a powered, aerial vehicle that:

  1. Does not carry a human operator and is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft
  2. Uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift;
  3. Can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely;
  4. Can be expendable or recoverable.
  5. Such term shall not include a satellite.
 
 
Statutes/Bills (passed):

SB 6 (ACT 67) Correctional Institutions of the State and Counties; use of unmanned aircraft systems to deliver or attempt to deliver contraband to a place of incarceration; prohibit

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 5 of Title 42 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions regarding correctional institutions of the state and counties, so as to prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft systems to deliver or attempt to deliver contraband to a place of incarceration; to prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft systems to photograph any place of incarceration without permission of the warden or superintendent of such place of incarceration; to provide for penalties; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

 

HB 481 Aviation;unmanned aircraft systems

 

On November 2nd, 2016, the Governor of Georgia issued an executive order “That a Commission on Unmanned Aircraft Technology appointed by the Governor is hereby created to make state-level recommendations to the Governor consistent with current FAA regulations as well as the State’s business and public safety interests.”

 

The Governor appointed the following people to serve as members of the Commission of Unmanned Aircraft Technology:

  • David Vigilante, Legal Senior Vice President, CNN
  • Christopher Davidson, State Archivist/Assistant Vice Chancellor, Georgia Archives, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
  • Jacob Hinton, Partner, Flyover Services LLC
  • Lewis Massey, Partner, Massey, Watson & Hembree LLC
  • Michael Wall, VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Comcast (Georgia) 

 

   
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