Attorney says FAA UAS law enforcement guidelines off target

January 15, 2016 By Patrick C. Miller
UAS Magazine

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s guidelines for law enforcement to assist in identifying those flying unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in an unsafe manner or in violation of its regulations might create more problems than they solve.  

James Mackler, a criminal defense attorney with expertise in UAS law, said he believes law enforcement agencies will have little interest in helping the FAA enforce civil violations in which they have no jurisdiction.

“I would guess that if I was a police chief anywhere in the country, this would go at the bottom of my pile of things to do,” said Mackler, a former U.S. Army Blackhawk pilot with the Bone McCallester Norton law firm in Nashville, Tennessee, who also advises a Tennessee National Guard UAS unit.

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