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Drones are changing our lives for the better by providing safer inspection and maintenance of infrastructure, better and more efficient crop production and quick delivery of supplies and medicine. The latest edition of CTA’s U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts report estimates that 3.4 million drones will be sold in the U.S. in 2019, a four percent increase from last year.

CTA has participated in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA’s) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee, Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee and UAS Registration Task Force – all of which have contributed to the regulatory framework for the safe operation of drones. In 2017, CTA published its first-ever drones standard on serial numbers for small drones.

CTA is actively engaged in drone policy matters at the local, state, federal and international levels. Our policy priorities are:

  • Oppose detrimental legislation threatening innovation and the market growth of recreational and commercial drones;

  • Support continued national leadership on drone policy and the evolving framework for a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system;

  • Advance a remote identification standard that is not burdensome to industry or consumers and meets the needs of the law enforcement and security communities; and  

  • Support FAA rules for expanded operations - including beyond-line-of-sight, flight-over-people and nighttime drone operations - which our nation needs to fully realize the benefits of drone technology.

Recent CTA Statements on Drones:

CTA Says Drone Language in FAA Bill is a Win for Consumers and Commercial Operations
Federal Drone Pilot Program Approvals Will Help Deliver Innovation, Says CTA​