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As of March 23, 2015, the FAA will automatically
grant "blanket" COA's for flights at or below 200 feet to any UAS
operator with a Section 333 exemption, provided the aircraft weighs less
than 55 pounds, operations are conducted during daytime Visual Flight
Rules (VFR) conditions and within visual line of sight (VLOS) of the
pilots, and stay certain distances away from airports or heliports.
Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking!
- Check out the provisions being proposed in the FAAs Small UAS NPRM.
Justice UAV Policy Guidance - Domestic Use of Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (UAS)
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to the commercial UAV ban, permitting the monitoring of crops and real
estate use for aerial photographs of properties for sale. This is the
first time permits have been granted to agriculture and real estate
Poised to Include Limitations on Hobbyist UAVs -
The FAA is proposing to amend its
regulations to adopt specific rules for the operation of small unmanned
aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS).
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HSE announces the deployment of the
new RDASS Q1000 4 rotor electric UAV. The RDASS Q1000 series is
designed to meet the hi-tech needs of the user at a price to meet any
city or county budget.
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FAA has no regulations that apply to model
aircraft or that classify a model aircraft as an unmanned
Court Approves Use of Police UAVs
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approved the use of UAV drones to help arrest citizens on US soil.
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Chief Will Johnson announced that the Federal Aviation Administration
has given the city permission to get the rotors turning on the police
UAV drone project.
Supreme Court & The
4th Amendment - The US
Supreme Court has held that individuals do not generally have
Fourth Amendment rights with respect to aerial surveillance. Can the
lower courts or State, county, city municipalities outlaw the use of
UAV's for law enforcement?
Congress - UAS Privacy & Transparency Act -
The proposed UAV Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act of 2012
requires that police obtain warrants to use UAV drones for certain types
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than five decades, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
compiled a proven track record of introducing new technology and
aircraft safely into the National Airspace System (NAS).
FAA Fact Sheet Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
- For Immediate Release.
FAA Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA)
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Sec. 1. 25 MRSA Pt. 12
An Act To Protect the Privacy of Citizens from Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Use
An Act To Protect the Privacy of Citizens from Domestic Unmanned Aerial
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine
as follows: Sec. 1. 25 MRSA Pt. 12
is enacted to read:
UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES CHAPTER 551
REGULATION OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the
following terms have the following meanings.
Law enforcement agency.
"Law enforcement agency" has the same meaning as in section 3701,
Unmanned aerial vehicle.
"Unmanned aerial vehicle"
means an aircraft that is operated without a physical human presence
within or on the aircraft and guided by remote control.
Operation of unmanned aerial vehicles
Acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicles.
The acquisition of an unmanned aerial vehicle must be approved by
the governing body of the governmental unit overseeing the law
enforcement agency seeking to make such an acquisition.
Operation of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle must fully comply with all
Federal Aviation Administration requirements and guidelines. a law
enforcement agency may not operate an unmanned aerial vehicle or
collect, disclose or receive information acquired through the operation
of an unmanned aerial vehicle except:
Pursuant to an emergency enforcement exception under section 4504;
To collect, disclose or receive information about a person or the
person's residence, property or area if that person has given written
To assist a person in an emergency circumstance in which it is
reasonable to believe that there is an imminent threat to the life or
safety of the person, subject to the following limitations:
The law enforcement agency documents the factual basis for the
Not later than 48 hours after the emergency operation begins, a
supervisory official for the law enforcement agency files a sworn
statement setting forth the grounds for the emergency operation;
Pursuant to a warrant issued under Title 15, section 55; or
Pursuant to an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction if
a law enforcement agency offers specific and articulable facts
demonstrating that there is a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity,
that the operation of the unmanned aerial vehicle will uncover such
activity and that alternative methods of collecting information either
are cost-prohibitive or present a significant risk to a person's bodily
safety. An order issued under this paragraph may not allow operation for
a period greater than 48 hours. An extension of an order issued under
this paragraph may be granted for a period no longer than the court
determines necessary to achieve the purposes for which it was granted
but not to exceed 30 days.
Restrictions on operation.
operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle may not:
Be conducted for a purpose other than a specific purpose allowed
under subsection 2 or section 4504;
Be conducted by a person other than a law enforcement agency
pursuant to this chapter or a person otherwise authorized by law;
Employ the use of facial recognition technology or other biometric
Collect information on a person, residence, property or area not
related to a permitted purpose of operation under subsection 2
An unmanned aerial vehicle may not be equipped with a weapon.
Retention of information
Information collected by an unmanned aerial vehicle may not be used,
copied or disclosed for any purpose other than for a lawful purpose
under section 4502, subsection 2. Information collected by an unmanned
aerial vehicle for any purpose other than for a lawful purpose under
section 4502, subsection 2 must be deleted as soon as possible and no
later than 24 hours after collection. Information collected by an
unmanned aerial vehicle under section 4502, subsection 2 may be received
in evidence in a trial, hearing or other proceeding in or before a
court, grand jury, department, officer, agency, regulatory body,
legislative committee or other authority of the State or a municipality
only if the use of that information as evidence was part of the lawful
purpose allowing the unmanned aerial vehicle operation under section
4502, subsection 2.
Emergency enforcement exception
Emergency enforcement exception.
a law enforcement agency may operate an unmanned aerial vehicle and
collect, disclose or receive information from the operation if the law
enforcement agency reasonably determines that an emergency enforcement
exception is required because a situation exists:
That involves a conspiratorial activity that threatens the national
security interest or that is characteristic of organized crime;
That requires the operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle before a
warrant under section 4502, subsection 2, paragraph D or court order
under section 4502, subsection 2, paragraph E with due diligence can be
In which there are grounds upon which a warrant under section 4502,
subsection 2, paragraph D or court order under section 4502, subsection
2, paragraph E could be entered to authorize the operation of an
unmanned aerial vehicle; and
For which an application for a warrant under section 4502,
subsection 2, paragraph D or court order under section 4502, subsection
2, paragraph E approving the operation is made within 48 hours after the
operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle has occurred.
Absence of a warrant or court order.
If the information sought by the operation of an unmanned aerial
vehicle is obtained prior to the issuance of a warrant or court order
under subsection 1, the law enforcement agency shall immediately
terminate the operation of the unmanned aerial vehicle.
Denial of warrant or court order.
If the application for a warrant or court order under subsection 1 is
denied, the operation of the unmanned aerial vehicle underlying the
application must be immediately terminated and any information obtained
from the operation of the unmanned aerial vehicle must be treated as
having been obtained in violation of this chapter.
§ 4505. Delayed
When a warrant or court order is sought under section 4502,
subsection 2, paragraph D or E or section 4504, a law enforcement agency
may request an order delaying the notice required under the Maine Rules
of Criminal Procedure, Rule 41B(b)(4) for a period not to exceed 10
days. The court may grant the request if the court determines that the
notification of the warrant or court order may have an adverse result
under subsection 2.
An adverse result for the purposes of a delayed notice under
subsection 1 includes the subject of the warrant or court order or other
person of interest:
Endangering the life or physical safety of a person;
Fleeing from prosecution;
Destroying or tampering with evidence;
Intimidating potential witnesses; and
Otherwise seriously jeopardizing an investigation or unduly delaying
The court may grant an extension of the delayed notice under
subsection 1 for up to 10 days for each extension upon application by
the law enforcement agency.
Expiration of delayed notice.
Upon expiration of the period of delayed notice under subsection 1, the
law enforcement agency shall serve upon, or deliver by registered or
first-class mail to, the person about whom information was collected a
copy of the warrant or court order together with notice that:
States with reasonable specificity the nature of the law enforcement
Informs the person about whom information was collected:
That notification of the warrant or court order was delayed;
What law enforcement agency made the request for delayed notice;
What court made the determination to delay notice; and
Which provision of subsection 2 supported the court's determination.
Private right of action.
If a law enforcement agency
violates any provision of this chapter, the person about whom
information was collected personally or as owner of a residence,
property or area in violation of this chapter may institute and
prosecute in that person's own name and on that person's behalf a civil
action for legal or equitable relief. In addition to compensatory
damages, a person whose rights have been violated by a violation of this
chapter may recover no more than $5,000 plus reasonable attorney's fees
and court costs.
The Attorney General may bring a civil action to enforce the
provisions of this chapter
Motion to suppress.
a court may not allow to be received into evidence any information
collected, disclosed or received in violation of this chapter and shall
grant a motion to suppress as evidence any information collected,
disclosed or received in violation of this chapter.
Reporting by law enforcement agency.
In June of each year, a law enforcement agency that uses an unmanned
aerial vehicle shall report to the Legislature, retain for public
viewing and post on its publicly accessible website, if one exists:
The number of times an unmanned aerial vehicle was operated,
organized by the types of incidents and the types of justification for
The number of criminal investigations aided by the operation of an
unmanned aerial vehicle and a description of how the unmanned aerial
vehicle aided each investigation;
The number of times an unmanned aerial vehicle was operated for
reasons other than a criminal investigation and a description of how the
unmanned aerial vehicle aided each operation;
The frequency and type of information collected on an individual,
residence, property or area that was not the subject of an operation;
The total cost of operating the unmanned aerial vehicle for the
preceding 12 months.
Reporting by Attorney General to the court.
In March of each year the Attorney General or the Attorney General's
designee shall report to the Administrative Office of the Courts the
number of applications for a warrant under section 4502, subsection 2,
paragraph D; court order under section 4502, subsection 2, paragraph E;
order for delayed notice under section 4505, subsection 1; and extension
of delayed notice under section 4505, subsection 3 made during the
preceding calendar year. For each warrant, court order, order for
delayed notice and extension of delayed notice reported pursuant to this
subsection, the report must include:
a general description of the information collected under the
warrant, court order, order for delayed notice or extension of delayed
The approximate nature and frequency of incriminating conduct;
The approximate number of persons about whom information was
The approximate nature, amount and cost of the personnel and other
resources used in the collection;
The number of arrests resulting from the information collected and
the offenses for which arrests were made;
The number of trials resulting from the information collected;
The number of motions to suppress made with respect to the
information collected and the number of those motions granted or denied;
The number of convictions resulting from the information collected
and the offenses for which the convictions were obtained and a general
assessment of the importance of the information.
Reporting by Attorney General to the Legislature and public.
The Attorney General shall post in June of each year on the Attorney
General's publicly accessible website and transmit to the Legislature a
full and complete report listing the number of applications for warrants
and court orders authorizing and approving operation of unmanned aerial
vehicles and disclosure of information collected from the operation of
unmanned aerial vehicles pursuant to this chapter and the number of
warrants, court orders, orders for delayed notice and extensions of
delayed notice granted and denied pursuant to this chapter during the
preceding calendar year.
a law enforcement agency shall keep a detailed record about each
operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle including all information
required to be reported in this section and make this record available
to the Attorney General.
This bill regulates unmanned aerial vehicles, including their
acquisition and lawful operation by law enforcement agencies in
collecting, disclosing and receiving information and the retention of
information collected. For the permitted operation of an unmanned aerial
vehicle, the bill requires the consent of the subject person, a warrant
or court order, an emergency situation that threatens life or serious
bodily injury or an emergency enforcement situation that threatens
national security or evinces conspiratorial criminal conduct requiring
immediate operation of the vehicle before a warrant can be obtained. The
bill also allows delayed service of a warrant or court order informing
the subject person until after the warrant's or order's issuance if
necessary for avoiding certain adverse results. The bill provides for a
private right of action or enforcement by the Attorney General for a
violation and disallows the use of any information collected in
violation as evidence in a hearing or court of law. The bill requires
the Attorney General to report certain information concerning the use of
unmanned aerial vehicles to the Legislature and the Administrative
Office of the Courts and for law enforcement agencies and the Attorney
General to post certain information on their publicly accessible
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