Commissioner Sosa advocates for a "No Drone Zone" over Miami International Airport
(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL) – On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa which calls upon the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address drone use near airports. This comes on the heels of the passage of a November 3, 2015, resolution, also sponsored by Commissioner Sosa that seeks to restrict drone use near seaports (more information here).
This legislation urges the FAA to place in the Code of Federal Regulations a provision keeping drones from flying over airports or within one mile of an airport runway. Drones can pose a serious threat by making intentional or accidental contact with an aircraft in flight, or by forcing such aircraft to take evasive action on approach or departure. The FAA has documented 678 instances nationwide of inflight aircrafts encountering drones, highlighting the need for greater oversight of their use.
“It is imperative that we do everything we can to protect the users of our airports,” said Commissioner Sosa. “Miami International Airport, our number one economic generator, has around 1,000 landings and take offs a day and we must ensure that travelers and personnel alike feel safe and confident in using it.”
Link to legislation: https://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2015/152581.pdf