Alaska passed the law “An Act relating to unmanned aircraft systems; and relating to images captured by an unmanned aircraft system” that requires that law enforcement to use drones the pilot must have authorization from the FAA and have a warrant to gather evidence. For more information visit Alaska State Legislature and search for drone and unmanned aerial in the search bar.
Do not forget to always abide by the FAA regulations no matter where you fly.
- Fly your Drone below 400 FT
- Fly with local clubs
- Inspect your aircraft before you fly
- Take a lesson before you fly
- Don’t fly your drone beyond line of sight
- Don’t fly near airports or any manned aircraft
- Don’t fly near people or stadiums
- Don’t be careless or reckless, you could be fined if you endanger people or other aircraft
- Don’t fly anything that weighs more than 55lbs.
- Don’t fly for payment or commercial purposes unless specifically authorized by the FAA
The text of the bill is below:
“An Act relating to unmanned aircraft systems; and relating to images captured by an unmanned aircraft system.”
Alaska House Bill 255
Sec. 18.65.901. Operational requirements for unmanned aircraft systems.
(a) A law enforcement agency shall adopt procedures for the use of unmanned aircraft systems. The procedures adopted under this section must require, at a minimum, that the law enforcement agency
(1) obtain any authorization, permit, or certificate required by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate the unmanned aircraft system;
(2) allow the unmanned aircraft system to be operated only by unmanned aircraft system pilots and crew members who have been trained and certified in the operation of the unmanned aircraft system and only under the supervision of officials trained in the policies and procedures governing the use of the unmanned aircraft system;
(3) provide that the flight of an unmanned aircraft system be approved by the commissioner or deputy commissioner of public safety or the chief administrative officer of the law enforcement agency or the officer’s designee;
(4) ensure that the flight of an unmanned aircraft system be for a public purpose;
(5) maintain a record of each flight, including the time, date, and purpose of the flight, and the identity of the authorizing official;
(6) establish an auditable flight record system, including the documentation of a change in a flight time record;
(7) establish a method for notifying the public of the operation of an unmanned aircraft system, unless notifying the public would endanger the safety of a person;
(8) provide for community involvement in the development of the policies required in this section, including the consideration of public comment.
(b) In this section, “chief administrative officer” has the meaning given in AS 18.65.290.
Sec. 18.65.902. Use of an unmanned aircraft system by a law enforcement agency.
A law enforcement agency may use an unmanned aircraft system
(1) to gather evidence in a criminal investigation
(A) under the express terms of a search warrant issued by a court; or
(B) in accordance with a judicially recognized exception to the warrant requirement; or
(2) in situations and for uses not involving a criminal investigation and not intended to lead to the production of evidence for use in a criminal investigation, if the use does not constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and is consistent with the procedures in AS 18.65.901.
Sec. 18.65.903. Retention of images.
(a) A law enforcement agency may not retain images captured by an unmanned aircraft system unless retention of the image is required
(1) as part of an investigation or prosecution;
(2) for training purposes; or
(3) by federal or state law or by municipal ordinance.
(b) Images that may not be retained under (a) of this section are confidential and are not public records under AS 40.25.100 – 40.25.295.
Sec. 18.65.909. Definitions. In AS 18.65.900 – 18.65.909,
(1) “law enforcement agency” has the meaning given in AS 12.36.090;
(2) “unmanned aircraft system” means an unmanned aircraft that is operated without direct human intervention from inside or on the aircraft and includes the associated support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communications, and navigation equipment necessary to operate the unmanned aircraft;
(3) “unmanned aircraft system crew member” means a person other than an unmanned aircraft system pilot who is assigned to duties related to an unmanned aircraft system during flight;
(4) “unmanned aircraft system pilot” means a person exercising control over an unmanned aircraft system during flight.
Sec. 4. AS 29.35 is amended by adding a new section to article 1 to read:
Sec. 29.35.146. Regulation of unmanned aircraft systems.
(a) A municipality may not adopt an ordinance that permits the release of images captured by an unmanned aircraft system in a manner inconsistent with AS 18.65.903.
(b) In this section, “unmanned aircraft system” has the meaning given in AS 18.65.909.