Comment on Airborne Law Enforcement Association draft standard

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The need for a standard for public safety UAS standard has been discussed for years and we at Drone Pilot, Inc. ( have taken developing those standards very seriously. It is with great interest then that the Airborne Law Enforcement Association has produced a draft standard based upon the input of agencies all across the U.S. These, on the surface, would appear to be common sense standards that would be familiar to any agency that reviews them. And then again, they are not!

What most agencies don’t seem to grasp or understand is that unmanned aircraft are indeed aircraft and have been defined as such by the Federal Aviation Administration. This is one of the reasons it is ILLEGAL to shoot down a “drone” because it is defined under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).