Are you one of the many Americans who enjoy the excitement and challenge of flying a drone?
Drones for Recreation
Over the last few years, the use of drones for personal interest and recreation has grown dramatically. In fact, the drone industry for consumer use alone is expected to hit $17 billion by 2020, according to a Goldman Sachs study. 
Commercial Use of Drones
Simultaneously, businesses are discovering a wide range of benefits using drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or unmanned aerial systems (UAS) drones. Industries ranging from agriculture to architecture are finding new opportunities to use drone technology for aerial photography and videos, mapping and analyzing land and structures, and delivering goods. This commercial market is expected to reach $13 billion by 2020. 
Finally, the largest segment of drone use is the military. Drones are becoming strong economical substitutes for manned military aircraft. The estimated market size for military UAS is expected to be $70 billion by 2020. In total, the mushrooming market for UAS for all market segments will be close to $100 billion by 2020.
With so many individuals interested in getting a piece of the large drone market and millions of drones in the sky, drones have been increasingly linked to safety and privacy issues. Currently, national and local governing bodies are determining how best to regulate drones.
At the beginning of 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that over 1 million drones had been registered in the United States. Approximately 88% of these drones are owned by individuals for personal use, while the remaining 12% are registered for business use. UAS for military were not included in this data.
While the FAA controls the airspace, some municipalities want to put their own laws in place for drone use. It’s important to note that if drone regulation of a municipality and the FAA are incongruent, federal rules supersede municipal laws.
Although many municipalities are still in the process of creating or approving drone laws, some municipalities have already approved drone legislation focused on the privacy of the citizens and safety of drone use, including these key concepts:
Large multinationals including Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon, Alphabet, Intel, and Uber are already involved in testing and/or using drones for several business purposes.
As this burgeoning industry continues to expand, data from pilot projects will help local governments ensure that future legislation addresses critical issues.
What You Need to Know – Before Flying a Drone
If you are a drone pilot or interested in becoming one, here are some important tips you need to know!
For more information on flying drones safely, visit https://www.faa.gov/uas/
If you have been injured by a drone or have witnessed an invasion of privacy by a drone, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. for professional legal guidance at (954) 428-9333.
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