Drone legislation is taking off in the City of Cleveland. Cleveland City Council has passed legislation to regulate aerial drones.
The legislation permits authorities to assist the Federal Aviation Administration in regulating aerial drones.
Before this legislation passed Monday night, Cleveland police did not have the authority to respond to illegal drone operations within the city.
The legislation also requires drone operators to register their devices with the FAA, or face misdemeanor charges.
Drone operators also must notify airport control towers when planning to fly their drone within a five-mile radius of the airport. According to city council, most of Cleveland's city limits fall within a five-mile radius of an airport, between Burke Lakefront and Cleveland Hopkins International airports.
"We're asking people not to limit your drone activity, just do it responsibly," said Cleveland councilman Matt Zone. "It's like driving a car. You can't get behind the wheel without a valid drivers license and getting registered. We are asking people who have drones, you must register now because there have been illegal drone activity that has occurred."
For people who actually fly drones they say this ordinance will make their life easier.
Council has also urged drone operators to be mindful of basic FAA drone rules:
• Fly below 400 feet altitude.
• Keep the drone within eye sight.
• Never fly near manned aircraft.
• Never fly over an airport or its landing and takeoff spaces.
• Never fly over groups of people, stadiums or sporting events.
• Never fly near responding emergency vehicles.
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