Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed into law HB-255 and HCR-15 further defining public use of Unmanned Aerial Systems and the continuation of the Legislative Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
HB-255 “An Act relating to unmanned aircraft systems; and relating to images captured by an unmanned aircraft system.” Further defines State of Alaska laws in regard to data retention and use by public safety and law enforcement
HCR 15 “Relating to the Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems”. Extending the task force to June 30, 2017. This task force has been allowed for an open dialog of the use of sUAS industry. The task force has quickly reviewed existing laws and regulations to ensure safety and privacy of the public, while also continuing the discussion of legal use and opportunity of the technology within the State of Alaska.
“The AMA continues to be pleased and optimistic of the State of Alaska’s common sense approach and inclusion of the sport and hobby industry in this evolving discussion.” –Rich Hanson, AMA Government Relations.
“I am pleased with the progress and methodical approach that our legislature led by representative Shelly Hughes and Governor Sean Parnell and his Administration, have taken in resolving sUAS activity. They have been focused on protecting the public interests while also seeking opportunities where this technology can be used to manage our states vast wilderness and resources. As a member of this board, I look forward to expanding the opportunities for STEM education and hobbyist flying fields as solutions to responsible use of sUAS technology. While some in our membership may see this technology as distraction from our hobby, I see this as an evolution that begins a renewed interest in model aviation and opportunity of support for partnerships for AMA sanctioned flying sites” – Steve Colligan, AMA Alaska UAS Task Force member.