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Published on : Monday, March 21, 2016
Federal Aviation Administration Senior Advisor for UAS Integration Marke Gibson, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director Emilio T. González, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Miami-Dade Police Department Division Chief Delma Noel-Pratt; Mayor Gimenez and Director González; Director González, Senator Nelson, Mayor Gimenez and Commissioner Sosa.
A Miami-Dade County ordinance that became effective in January prohibits drones from being flown within one mile of any Miami-Dade County airport, unless authorized by the FAA, and carries a civil penalty of $500 for any violations.
“The use of drones for recreation or business has been increasing rapidly in Miami-Dade County, and we want to ensure that the public operates drones safely and responsibly, which means away from our airports,” said Mayor Gimenez. “I appreciate Senator Nelson’s efforts at the federal level to block the hazardous use of drones near our airports and those across the country.”
As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees the FAA, Senator Nelson said he is working on legislation that would boost federal efforts to research, test and deploy various technologies to keep drones away from sensitive areas, including America’s airports. According to Senator Nelson, a number of companies are developing drone-mitigation technologies that would be able to shut down a drone that strays into a no-fly-zone, such as an airport, or deploy advanced sensors to detect and intercept drones attempting to enter sensitive areas.
“A drone interfering with an aircraft in flight is dangerous at best, and the worst-case scenario would be catastrophic,” said Director González. “I would like to thank the Mayor and our Board of County Commissioners for approving this ordinance, which helps to protect our airports against drones. On the national level, MIA will be part of a pilot program to test a digital drone notification system, and we will also be hosting a national drone issues conference in November. With the additional support of Senator Nelson’s upcoming legislation, our goal is to be on the cutting-edge of the drone mitigation effort.”