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DOT releases details on drone pilot program

Counties have until Nov. 28 to submit notices of intent for DOT's drone integration pilot program 

The  U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released details about applying to participate in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (AKA drones) Integration Pilot Program.

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The deadline for submitting this notice of intent is Nov. 28. Click here for specific information on how the email should look.

As of Nov. 8, counties have 20 days to email their notice of intent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicating their interest in submitting an application.

The drones program, designed to connect state and local governments with industry stakeholders, will allow county governments to determine local rules and regulations that will best fit their communities.

Through the program, the FAA plans to gather data that can assist in future rulemaking to ensure safe integration of drones into the national airspace.

The FAA expressed interest in gathering data pertaining to: critical infrastructure; emergency response; disaster relief/news reporting; and transportation/hazardous materials safety.

Counties may also collaborate with their state and municipal partners and jointly email their notice of intent.

 

About Kevan Stone (Full Bio)

Associate Legislative Director – Transportation

Kevan Stone serves as NACo's Associate Legislative Director for Transportation and Infrastructure. He is responsible for all policy development and advocacy pertaining to the county role in ownership and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports and other important infrastructure.

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