The City of Newton Massachusetts attempted to inhibit flight over the whole city for any drone or UAV. The city also passed additional ordinances attempting to create a drone registry for owners, but thanks to Dr. Micheal Singer the ordinances were nullified.
Dr. Singer sued the City of Newton in Federal District Court which was decided yesterday, Dr. Singer won the case on a conflict of preemption. Essentially the courts stated that the city had no authority to regulate the airspace over the city. How will this affect future city ordinances, listen in to hear the scoop!
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- [00:35] Paul introduces Dr.Michael Singer
- [01:17] Today’s episode is all about Dr. Michael Singer’s fight against the city of Newton, MA and their drone ordinance
- [01:51] What prompted Dr. Singer to sue the city of Newton, MA?
- [02:10] Learn how drones can benefit tele-medicines and emergency services
- [03:17] Which are the provisions of the ordinance that Dr. Singer was dead against? We start by talking about the drone registry ordinances
- [04:22] Learn about the restrictive visual line of sight rule that deemed the ordinance unfavorable for drone pilots
- [04:41] Which were the rules in the proposed ordinance that rendered navigation of drones impossible?
- [05:13] Learn about the restrictive rules in the proposed ordinance with regards to flying over private property
- [06:51] What was the end result of Dr. Singer’s fight against the city of Newton, MA
- [08:08] Is this a binding precedent to other states?
- [08:50] Can city ordinances still be created? Can cities still prohibit takeoff and landing of drones?
- [09:15] Discussing the dynamics of state law and federal law with regards to drone ordinance, and the need to create a nationwide drone law
- [12:00] Will this case and precendant have effects on states like North Carolina that have attempted state wide drone registration and permitting?
- [14:47] Discussing the possibility and complexity of implementing nationwide privacy rules for the drone industry
- [20:09] What sort of city ordinances could still be passed that would be legal and not be nullified by this preemption that was just validated?
- [23:34] Paul and Dr. Singer discuss the validity of cities and states inhibiting where you take off and land from