(Columbia, South Carolina, December 13, 2017) – The Property Drone Consortium (PDC) today applauded the signing of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law. The legislation was signed by President Donald J. Trump on December 12, 2017.
Along with a number of matters relating to U.S. Department of Defense funding authorizations, it also includes a provision to reinstate the FAA requirement for hobbyists to register their drone, a requirement which was struck down in May by a U.S. District Court. The bill passed overwhelmingly in both houses before being signed by the President.
“The Property Drone Consortium strongly supports this newly enacted legislation,” said Gary Sullivan, Co-Chairman of the PDC. “With over 800,000 hobbyists already registered in the FAA’s database, it’s critical that both recreational and commercial operators in the U.S. National Airspace System are held accountable to the same standards of safety and efficacy.”
The number of commercial and recreational operators of UAS continue to grow exponentially. Some forecasts envision a tripling of the number of recreational drones by 2021. “We’ve seen growing reports of interference by UAS operators in post disaster operations,” said Bryan Corder, Co-Chairman of the PDC. “This legislation will help build confidence that drone operators can be identified if they fly irresponsibly.”
About Property Drone Consortium
The Property Drone Consortium represents a collaboration among insurance carriers, construction industry leaders and supporting enterprises who have agreed to work together to promote research, development and the assessment of regulations for the use of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) technology across the insurance and construction industries.
Member companies include Allstate Insurance, American Family Insurance, Auto-Owners Insurance, EagleView Technologies, Erie Insurance and Pilot Catastrophe Services, Inc. Technology members include the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, Rochester Institute of Technology and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. The National Roofing Contractors Association is an honorary member. For more information, visit www.propertydrone.org