Legislators will Decide on Drone Regulation

The Leon County Commission held a meeting at The Leon Court-House Tuesday, to discuss the status report on the regulation of drones.

Drones are the latest technology designed for many uses, but the unmanned aircraft system has become controversial.

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also known as drones, can be used by anyone willing to purchase it.

The Federal Aviation Administration expects 30,000 drones to be licensed by the year 2020. Fueling what could become a 90 billion dollar industry.

County Attorney, Herbert Thiele, explains why legislators will preside over the case.

“We’ve decided not to do anything local, the Florida legislature adopted regulations that just went into effect and essentially it is going to protect privacy interest, so that people don’t do surveillance without a warrant,” said Thiele.

Last March, a near mid-air collision took place near Tallahassee airport.

Investigators determined the drone was not associated with any military or police operations.

Florida State University offers a drone certificate program, teaching students how to use drones to enhance public safety.

Maria Jones,  a Tallahassee resident,  that do not mind the use of drones for commercial use.

“As long as it’s used in a proper manner and doesn’t put anyone in danger or harm's way then the regulations shouldn’t be too harsh”.

Producer and video editor Gerald Tookes, is one of many drone operators in Tallahassee.

“You don’t necessarily have to have any kind of certification if you’re a hobbyist, you just have to follow the rules and know what the rules are before you fly.”



Operating drones near airplanes and helicopters are both very dangerous and illegal.

Drone operators must notify airports when they will be flying and exactly how high.