Chief Sponsor: Adam Robertson

Senate Sponsor: Wayne A. Harper


8     General Description:
9          This resolution recognizes the Know Before You Fly program as an official source of
10     safety education for operators of unmanned aircraft systems in Utah.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This resolution:
13          ▸     describes the growth of the use of unmanned aircraft systems;
14          ▸     explains safety concerns related to unmanned aircraft systems; and
15          ▸     recognizes the Know Before You Fly program as an official source of safety
16     education for operators of unmanned aircraft systems in Utah.
17     Special Clauses:
18          None

20     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
21          WHEREAS, the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the National
22     Airspace System promises to drive new economic development and consumer choice, promote
23     more responsible stewardship of natural resources, facilitate more effective emergency
24     response and disaster recovery, and improve the efficiency and security of energy,
25     transportation, and communications networks;
26          WHEREAS, direct operation of unmanned aircraft systems for both commercial and
27     noncommercial use is growing rapidly, with more than 1,000,000 aircraft already registered;

28          WHEREAS, the development and adoption of services provided by unmanned aircraft
29     systems is expected to generate billions of dollars of new economic activity and create
30     thousands of new jobs in the United States;
31          WHEREAS, the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems for both noncommercial
32     and commercial purposes is necessary for continued innovation, economic activity, and public
33     benefit;
34          WHEREAS, prospective operators of unmanned aircraft systems must understand and
35     abide by relevant requirements and limitations to ensure the safe operation of such systems;
36          WHEREAS, the regulatory framework for unmanned aircraft systems continues to
37     develop, including steps by the Federal Aviation Administration to integrate unmanned aircraft
38     systems into the National Airspace System and the issuance of operational requirements for
39     small unmanned aircraft systems operations in the airspace;
40          WHEREAS, easily accessible and freely available information regarding current
41     guidance for safe and responsible unmanned aircraft systems operations provides certainty to
42     unmanned aircraft system owners and operators, maximizes the public benefits of unmanned
43     aircraft systems, and mitigates risks to public safety and security;
44          WHEREAS, Know Before You Fly is an education campaign founded by the
45     Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Academy of Model
46     Aeronautics, in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration, to educate prospective
47     users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems; and
48          WHEREAS, the Know Before You Fly educational campaign has developed
49     relationships with more than 150 supporters, including unmanned aircraft manufacturers, law
50     enforcement agencies, retailers, labor organizations, and institutions of higher education:
51          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
52     recognizes and supports the Know Before You Fly program as an official source of safety
53     education for prospective and active operators of unmanned aircraft systems in Utah.