CO – Colorado

Flag courtesy of Wikipedia

The Colorado Plateau spans northern Arizona, southern Utah, northwestern New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado and is well known for its striking landscapes and broad vistas – an impression enhanced in this view from the International Space Station.

Photo courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Colorado government website just for reference.

The CODOT also has a CODOT UAS Page.

Colorado Legislature in case more laws were written since this book was published.

Map courtesy of Wikipedia

Google Earth

Last updated on June 18, 2024

Airspace

In addition to checking the FAA UAS Facility Map or B4UFLY or SkyVector or Google Maps one should consider also FAA JO 7400.10F – Special Use Airspace which is an order, published yearly, providing a listing of all regulatory and non-regulatory special use airspace areas, as well as issued but not yet implemented amendments to those areas established by the FAA.

Special Use Airspace consists of airspace of defined dimensions identified by an area on the surface of the earth wherein activities must be confined because of their nature, or wherein limitations are imposed upon aircraft operations that are not a part of those activities, or both. The vertical limits of special use airspace are measured by designated altitude floors and ceilings expressed as flight levels or as feet above MSL. Unless otherwise specified, the word “to” (an altitude or flight level) means “to and including” (that altitude or flight level). The horizontal limits of special use airspace are measured by boundaries described by geographic coordinates or other appropriate references that clearly define their perimeter. The period of time during which a designation of special use airspace is in effect is stated in the designation. All bearings and radials in this part are true from point of origin. Unless otherwise specified, all mileages in this part are stated as statute miles.

Restricted Areas: No person may operate an aircraft within a restricted area between the designated altitudes and during the time of designation, unless they have the advance permission of:

(a) The using agency described in § 73.15; or

(b) The controlling agency described in § 73.17.

These using agencies may be the agency, organization, or military command whose activity within a restricted area necessitated the area being so designated. Upon the request of the FAA, the using agency shall execute a letter establishing procedures for joint use of a restricted area by the using agency and the controlling agency, under which the using agency would notify the controlling agency whenever the controlling agency may grant permission for transit through the restricted area in accordance with the terms of the letter. The using agency shall:

(1) Schedule activities within the restricted area;

(2) Authorize transit through, or flight within, the restricted area as feasible; and

(3) Contain within the restricted area all activities conducted therein in accordance with the purpose for which it was designated.

For the purposes of this part, the controlling agency is the FAA facility that may authorize transit through or flight within a restricted area in accordance with a joint-use letter issued under § 73.15.

Prohibited Areas: No person may operate an aircraft within a prohibited area unless authorization has been granted by the using agency. For the purpose of this subpart, the using agency is the agency, organization or military command that established the requirements for the prohibited area.

Military Operations Areas: A Military Operations Area (MOA) is airspace established outside of Class A airspace to separate/segregate certain nonhazardous military activities from IFR traffic and to identify for VFR traffic where these activities are conducted. Activities. MOA’s are established to contain certain military activities such as air combat maneuvers, air intercepts, acrobatics, etc.

Alert Areas:  Airspace which may contain a high volume of pilot training activities or an unusual type of aerial activity, neither of which is hazardous to aircraft.

Warning Areas: A non regulatory warning area is airspace of defined dimensions designated over international waters that contains activity which may be hazardous to nonparticipating aircraft. The purpose of such warning areas is to warn nonparticipating pilots of the potential danger. Activities may be hazardous.

National Security Areas: A national security area (NSA) consists of airspace of defined vertical and lateral dimensions established at locations where there is a requirement for increased security of ground facilities. The purpose of such national security areas is to request pilot cooperation by voluntarily avoiding flight through the NSA. When circumstances dictate a need for a greater level of security, flight in an NSA may be temporarily prohibited by regulation under the provisions of 14 CFR Section 99.7, Special Security Instructions. Such prohibitions will be issued by FAA Headquarters and disseminated via the US NOTAM System.

 

 

Crewed Aircraft in your Airspace

CREWED AIRCRAFT

Lastly, if you want to be informed about crewed aircraft flying in the vicinity of your drone operation, you can always check with apps like FlightAware or ADS-B Exchange

 

 

Colorado Revised Statute 18-8-104

CRS 18-8-104

Obstructing a peace officer, firefighter, emergency medical service provider, rescue specialist, or volunteer.

(2.5) If a person is alleged to have committed the offense described in subsection (1)(a) or (1)(b) of this section by using or threatening to use an UAS as an obstacle, the offense does not apply if the person who operates the UAS:

(a) Obtains permission to operate the UAS from a law enforcement agency or other entity that is coordinating the response of peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical service providers, rescue specialists, or volunteers to an emergency or accident;

(b) Continues to communicate with such entity during the operation of the UAS; and

(c) Complies immediately with any instructions from the entity concerning the operation of the UAS.

(3) Repealed.

(4) Obstructing a peace officer, firefighter, emergency medical service provider, rescue specialist, or volunteer is a class 2 misdemeanor.

(5) For purposes of this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) “Emergency medical service provider” means a member of a public or private emergency medical service agency, whether that person is a volunteer or receives compensation for services rendered as such emergency medical service provider.

(b) “Obstacle” includes an UAS.

(c) “Rescue specialist” means a member of a public or private rescue agency, whether that person is a volunteer or receives compensation for services rendered as such rescue specialist.

Colorado Revised Statute 24-33.5-1228

CRS 24-33.5-1228

Colorado firefighting air corps – creation – powers – aircraft acquisitions required – center of excellence – UAS study and pilot program – Colorado firefighting air corps fund – creation – report – rules.

(1) There is hereby created in the division the Colorado firefighting air corps, also referred to in this section as the “C-FAC”.

(2)(a) The division may: …

… (c)(I) In addition to performing the functions described in subsection (2.5)(b) of this section, upon receiving sufficient money in the form of gifts, grants, and donations, the center of excellence shall conduct a study concerning the integration of UAS within state and local government operations that relate to certain public-safety functions. At a minimum, the study must:

(A) Identify the most feasible and readily available ways to integrate UAS technology within local and state government functions relating to firefighting, search and rescue, accident reconstruction, crime scene documentation, emergency management, and emergencies involving significant property loss or potential for injury or death; and

(B) For each application of UAS that the center of excellence identifies pursuant to subsection (2.5)(c)(I)(A) of this section, include consideration of privacy concerns, costs, and timeliness of deployment.

(II) Not later than one month after completing the study described in subsection (2.5)(c)(I) of this section, the center of excellence shall submit a report describing the results of its study to the wildfire matters review committee created in section 2-3-1602 and the house agriculture, livestock, and natural resources committee and the senate agriculture, natural resources, and energy committee, or any successor committees. The report must address each item described in subsection (2.5)(c)(I) of this section, as well as the results of the UAS pilot program described in subsection (2.5)(d) of this section.

(d)(I) As part of the study described in subsection (2.5)(c)(I) of this section, upon receiving sufficient money in the form of gifts, grants, and donations, on and after June 5, 2017, the center of excellence shall operate an UAS pilot program, referred to within this section as the “pilot program”, to integrate unmanned aircraft systems within state and local government operations that relate to certain public-safety functions.

(II) As part of the pilot program, the department of public safety shall deploy at least one team of UAS operators to a region within the state that has been designated by the division as a fire hazard. The pilot program must train the UAS operators to operate UAS in various contexts relating to firefighting, search and rescue, accident reconstruction, crime scene documentation, emergency management, and emergencies involving significant property loss or potential for injury or death. UAS operators may be compensated by the center during their training.

(III) In operating the pilot program, the center of excellence shall not interfere with any active wildfire suppression effort unless the center is granted permission to assist in such effort by a supervising agency with the authority to grant such permission.

(e) Subject to available appropriations, the center of excellence shall study and, if feasible, implement a system to patrol the airspace above a wildland fire. The patrol system must be capable of determining whether the airspace above wildland fires is clear of obstacles, including private UAS, that may interfere with aerial firefighting….

Aurora Parks and Rec Rules

Aurora Parks and Rec Rules

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Usage (drone): an application is required when flying for commercial use in properties managed by the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department.

Cherry Hills Village Rules

Cherry Hills Village Rules

The City Council passed Ordinance 13, Series 2015 at their December 9, 2015 meeting, establishing regulations for hobby Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) a.k.a. drones, and amended the ordinance by passing Ordinance 3, Series 2016 at their February 2, 2016 meeting. For current regulations view Article VII of Chapter 7 of the Municipal Code.

Colorado Parks and Recreation Rules

Colorado Parks and Recreation

It shall be unlawful to operate radio-controlled and/or fuel-propelled models, except in designated areas.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Rules

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Article IV – Aids in taking wildlife

C. It shall be unlawful to use a drone to look for, scout, or detect wildlife as an aid in the hunting or taking of wildlife.

  1. For the purposes of this regulation, drone shall be defined as including, without limitation, any contrivance invented, used, or designed for navigation of, or flight in the air that is unmanned or guided remotely. A drone may also be referred to as “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” (UAV) or “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System” (UAVS).

Colorado Springs Park and Recreation Rules

Colorado Springs Park and Recreation Film Permit

Commercial photography and other forms of media in the City’s public right-of-way and parks are permitted through the City’s Office of Special Events. Please read the information on their website to determine if you need a permit.

 

Denver Park Rules

Denver Park Rules

14.3 Flying Objects:

The throwing, striking, propelling, launching or otherwise operating flying or propelled object of a potentially dangerous nature, such as a hang glider, sky diving, sky sail, drone (“unmanned aerial vehicle”), model airplane or helicopter, model rocket, golf ball, rock, and similar flying or propelled item (“Flying Object”) is not allowed in a Park Facility. A Flying Object does not include a non-motorized model airplane under a half pound in weight, a Frisbee or a kite. Objects propelled by Weapons identified in 7.2 above are subject to the restrictions set forth in 7.2. Fireworks identified in 6.3 are prohibited in Park Facilities. Exceptions to this rule:

14.3.1 Flying Objects are allowed in areas in a Park Facility designated by the DPR Executive Director for such Flying Objects activity such as a golf course or driving range for golf balls, a designated model airplane or helicopter flying area, or a rocket launching area, subject to compliance with such rules and regulations that may be posted in or near the designated areas.

14.3.2 Events or specific activities for which a permit has been issued or a contract with the City has been entered authorizing specific Flying Objects in a particular location, so long as there is compliance with the terms, conditions and restrictions of the permit or contract.

Lakewood Code

Lakewood Code

In addition to following all FAA rules, those who are flying drones recreationally must also obey the following city regulations:

1. No person shall launch, land or operate any UAS from or on any City facility, park or open space area without a permit, except in areas designated by the Director as “Unmanned Aircraft Flying Areas.”

*Drone use is prohibited at Bear Creek Lake Park and William F. Hayden Park.

2. The launching, landing, or operating of UAS shall be subject to the Director’s permitting process, except when such launching, landing,  or operating of a UAS in an Unmanned Aircraft Flying Area, or is by or for official government purposes.

3. Upon issuance of a permit from the Director, UAS operators must continue to comply with state and federal laws, including Federal Aviation Administration (FAA regulations while launching, landing or operating UAS in an Unmanned Aircraft Flying Area.

drone use permit is required for city facility, park or open space areas.

Louisville Code

Louisville Code

Per Municipal Code Sec. 4.04.010 and 14.12.010, you may not discharge, take off, land or operate by remote control any motorized or non-motorized aircraft, manned or unmanned, including but not limited to drones, missiles, rockets, helicopters, ultralights and gliders/sailplanes in any City parks or open space. Emergency landings, as determined by City law and code enforcement officers, are allowed.

Loveland Parks and Recreation Policy

Loveland Parks and Rec Policy

When required, a Drone Use Permit must be completed at the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office no less than 7 days and no more than 1 year before a proposed UAS flight is to begin.

Manitou Springs Ordinance 421

Manitou Springs Ordinance 421

6.85.010 – Purpose.

The use of pilotless aircraft is an increasingly popular pastime and technological tool. To allow the beneficial uses of pilotless aircraft while protecting the privacy, safety, and quality of life of residents throughout the City and to prevent nuisances and other disturbances of the enjoyment of both public and private space, regulation is required. This Chapter is intended to promote the public safety and welfare of the City and its residents. In furtherance of this stated purpose, this Chapter is intended to be read and interpreted so as not to conflict with any relevant rules and regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), or any other federal, state, or local laws and regulations.

6.85.020 – Definitions.

For purposes of this Section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

“City airspace” includes all airspace above the territorial boundaries of the City, to the fullest extent that such airspace can legally be regulated by the City.

“Deadly weapon” means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, knife, bludgeon, or other weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance, whether animate or inanimate, which in a manner it is used or intended to be used is capable of producing death or serious bodily injury.

“Emergency response efforts” means the enforcement of penal law or preservation of the peace by a peace officer, acting under color of his or her official authority; the prevention, control, or abatement of fire by a firefighter, acting under color of his or her official authority; the administration of medical treatment or emergency assistance by an emergency medical service provider or rescue specialist, acting under color of his or her official authority; or the administration of emergency care or emergency assistance by a volunteer, acting in good faith to render such care or assistance without compensation at the place of an emergency or accident.

“FAA” means the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Firearm” means any instrument used in the propulsion of shot, slug, shell, bullets, or other objects or projectiles capable of inflicting pain, bodily injury or property damage, by the action of gunpowder exploded or burned within it, or by the power or action of springs, and including what are commonly known as air rifles, air pistols, and BB guns.

“Operate” means to use, fly, launch, land, employ, control or engage the functionality of a pilotless aircraft in any manner.

“Pilotless aircraft” means a powered aerial vehicle or other device without a human pilot aboard, weighing less than 55 pounds, that is operated by remote control or autonomously by onboard computers, and all associated equipment and apparatus, used for a hobby or recreational purpose, and commonly referred to as a drone or unmanned aircraft system.

“Surveillance” means the gathering, without permission and in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, of visual images, physical impressions, sound recordings, data, or other information involving the private, personal business, or familiar activities of another person, business, or entity, or that otherwise intrudes upon the privacy, solitude, or seclusion of another person, business, or entity, regardless of whether a physical trespass onto real property owned, leased, or otherwise lawfully occupied by such other person, business, or entity, or into the airspace above real property owned, leased, or otherwise lawfully occupied by such other person, business, or entity, occurs in connection with such surveillance.

6.85.030 – Operating Prohibitions.

The use and operation of all pilotless aircraft within the City shall be subject to the following prohibitions:

A. No pilotless aircraft shall be operated:

1. Over any property in a manner that causes direct and immediate interference with the use or enjoyment of that property;

2. If the pilotless aircraft is equipped with a firearm or other deadly weapon;

3. In a manner that interferes with any manned aircraft;

4. In a reckless or negligent manner;

5. So as to use City property to launch or land the pilotless aircraft without a permit as required in Section 6.85.040 below;

6. For conducting surveillance unless expressly permitted by law or court order;

7. For capturing a person’s visual image, audio recording, or other physical impression in any place where that person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy;

8. To intentionally or knowingly harass, annoy, or disturb wildlife;

9. Over any emergency response efforts;

10. With the effect of harassing, annoying, or assaulting a person, or creating or causing a public nuisance or trespass;

11. In violation of a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization issued by the FAA, if so applicable, which Certificate may pertain to operation beyond the line of sight, operation over people, operation at night, or any other category of operation for with a Certificate of Waiver is required; or

12. In violation of federal or state law, or any other City Ordinance.

B. The Chief of Police, or a designee, may prohibit the use or operation of pilotless aircraft where it is allowed, or allow the operation of pilotless aircraft where it is prohibited, during an impending or existing emergency, or when such use or operation would pose a threat to public safety.

6.85.040 – Permit required.

A permit shall be required to use land owned or controlled by the City to launch or land a pilotless aircraft. A permit may be issued only upon a showing that such use will not create a safety hazard, cause a nuisance, harass, or annoy wildlife, or interfere with the use of City property by others. Permits shall only be granted for the launching or landing of drones in association with an educational activity or a special event permitted by the City.

6.85.050 – Proof of federal registration; proof of certificate of waiver or authorization. Operators who are subject to FAA registration or who are required to seek and obtain a certificate of waiver or authorization shall provide proof of such documentation to authorized City personnel upon request.

6.85.060 – Noise ordinance.

All operators shall comply with the noise ordinance at Section 6.08.020, as amended, at all times while operating pilotless aircraft within the City.

6.85.070 – Exemptions.

Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to prohibit, limit, or otherwise restrict:

A. The use of a pilotless aircraft for lawful purposes and in a lawful manner by any of the following persons acting in the course and scope of their assigned duties:

1. Any law enforcement or emergency services personnel of the City;

2. Any other local, State, or Federal government law enforcement or emergency services personnel; or

3. Any authorized military personnel of the State or Federal government.

B. The use of a pilotless aircraft by the owner or operator of a critical infrastructure facility to monitor, operate, or maintain the reliability and integrity of the facility, or to determine if repairs are necessary to the facility.

C. The use of a pilotless aircraft to the extent this Chapter conflicts with or is preempted by any law, rule, or regulation of the FAA.

6.85.080. – Violation and penalty.

A. It is unlawful and a misdemeanor offense to violate any provision of this Chapter. A person who is convicted of violating any provision of this Chapter shall be punished as provided at Chapter 1, Section 16 of this Code.

B. In addition to the penalty set forth in Subsection A of this Section, the City may impound any pilotless aircraft that is operated in violation of this Chapter. Such pilotless aircraft may only be returned upon a court order or upon satisfactory representations by its owner that the owner will comply with the requirements set forth in this Chapter.

Section 2. If any article, section, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase of this ordinance is held to be unconstitutional or invalid for any reason, such decision shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of the remaining portions of this ordinance. The City Council hereby declares that it would have passed this ordinance and each part or parts hereof irrespective of the fact that any one part or parts be declared unconstitutional or invalid.

Section 3. This ordinance is deemed necessary for the protection of the health, welfare, and safety of the community.

Section 4. This ordinance shall take effect five (5) days after publication following final passage.

Pikes Peak Rules

Pikes Peak Rules

Drones are not permitted at Pikes Peak!

Town of Telluride Municipal Code Article 11

Town of Telluride Municipal Code Article 11

Sec. 10-11-10 – Purpose and Intent.

The purpose of this Article is to establish regulations pertaining to any and all UAS operating within the jurisdictional borders of the Town of Telluride. It is the intent of this Article to be interpreted in conformance with any existing or future federal or state laws or regulations that address the operation of UAS.

Sec. 10-11-20 – Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

Aircraft means any contrivance invented, used, or designed to navigate or fly in the air.

Companion animal shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 7-6-10 of this Code.

Livestock shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 7-6-10 of this Code.

Model aircraft means an UA that is: (a) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere; (b) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft; and (c) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.

Navigable airspace means airspace above the minimum altitudes of flight prescribed by FAA regulations, including airspace needed to ensure safety in takeoff and landing of aircraft.

Operate means to fly, use, launch, land, employ or navigate an UAS.

Person shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 1-2-10 of this Code.

Town airspace means and includes all airspace above the jurisdictional boundaries of the Town, to the full extent such airspace can legally be regulated by the Town.

Unmanned aircraft system or UAS means an aircraft, powered aerial vehicle, or other device without a human pilot on board, the flight of which is controlled either autonomously by on board computers or by remote control of a pilot operator on the ground or in another vehicle or aircraft, and all associated equipment and apparatus. It includes model aircrafts and drones.

Wildlife shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 7-6-10 of this Code.

Sec. 10-11-30 – Prohibited Acts.

The following acts are prohibited in the operation of an UAS anywhere in the Town or Town airspace:

(a) No person shall operate a UAS so as to endanger or harm the life or property of any person nor shall any person operate a UAS in a reckless or careless manner.

(b) Without express prior written authorization from the Town Manager, no person may operate a UAS on or over any Town property inclusive of public streets, alleys, trails, playgrounds, parks including but not limited to the Telluride Town Park, open space including but not limited to the Bear Creek Preserve and the Valley Floor, parking lots, and public buildings.

(c) No person shall operate a UAS so as to endanger, harass, harm or injure any person, livestock, companion animal or wildlife.

(d) No person shall operate a UAS who is under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or one (1) or more controlled substances as defined in Article 18 of Title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

(e) No person shall operate a UAS if he or she knows or has reason to know of any physical or mental condition that would interfere with the safe operation of a UAS, or if he or she knows or has reason to know that UAS equipment is not in proper working order.

(f) No person may operate a UAS near any person, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, livestock, companion animal or wildlife not directly involved in the UAS operation to the extent it creates a public safety threat to life or property.

(g) No person shall enter, hover, land or otherwise operate an unmanned aircraft system on or over another person’s private property without the prior consent of the property owner. Such unauthorized entry onto another’s property shall be deemed a trespass.

Sec. 10-11-40 – Enforcement and Penalties.

It shall be unlawful to violate any provision of this Article. Any person who is convicted of a violation of any provision of this Article shall be punished in accordance with Section 1-4-10(a)(1) of this Code. In addition, any UAS operated in violation of this Article may be immediately impounded in the interest of public safety. Law enforcement officers are authorized to disable any UAS operating within the Town airspace that poses an imminent threat to public safety.

Town of Vail Drone Rules

Town of Vail drone use

5-15-1 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings.

FAA. The Federal Aviation Administration.

Operate. To use, fly, launch, land, employ, control or engage the functionality of a UAS in any manner.

Town Airspace. Includes all airspace above the territorial boundaries of the town, to the full extent that such airspace can legally be regulated by the town.

UAS. An aircraft, powered aerial vehicle or other device without a human pilot aboard, the flight of which is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot operator on the ground or in another vehicle or aircraft, and all associated equipment and apparatus, used for a hobby or recreational purpose.

VLOS. The UAS must be visible at all times to the operator of the UAS, the operator must use his or her own natural vision to observe the UAS, and persons other than the operator may not be used in lieu of the operator for maintaining visual line of sight. The operator’s own natural vision may include vision corrected by standard eyeglasses or contact lenses.

5-15-2 Safety Requirements.

It is unlawful to operate a UAS within the town or in town airspace, except in conformance with the following.

(A) The UAS shall be flown below a maximum altitude of 400 feet above the ground.

(B) The UAS shall weigh no more than 55 pounds at the time of operation, inclusive of equipment, payload, and fuel.

(C) The UAS shall be flown within the visual line of sight of the person operating the UAS.

(D) The UAS shall not be operated over any person not directly involved in the operation.

(E) The UAS shall not be flown near pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, roadways, parking lots, playgrounds, stadiums, sporting events, festivals or other open air assembly of persons, or areas or special events subject to an FAA notice of temporary flight restriction.

(F) The UAS shall remain clear of and not interfere with manned aircraft operations or other UAS.

(G) The UAS shall be operated during daylight hours only.

(H) The UAS shall not be operated from a moving vehicle or other aircraft.

(I) The UAS shall be operated in compliance with all applicable law, including any regulations adopted by the FAA.

5-15-3 Reckless or Careless Operation.

It is unlawful to operate a UAS in a reckless or careless manner so as to endanger the health, safety or well-being of persons or property. A person shall not operate a UAS if he or she knows or has reason to know of any physical or mental condition that would interfere with the safe operation of the UAS, or if he or she knows or has reason to know that the UAS is not in proper working order.

5-15-4 Restricted Areas.

(A) It is unlawful to operate a UAS in pedestrian areas of Vail Village, Lionshead Village and Ford Park, or on Meadow Drive between Vail Village and Lionshead Village.

(B) It is unlawful to operate a UAS in any area in the town in which the UAS would interfere with a helicopter accessing or leaving the Vail Valley Medical Center.

(C) It is unlawful to operate a UAS in or above a public parking structure.

5-15-5 Use by Law Enforcement / Emergency Services.

Nothing in this chapter is intended to prohibit the use of a UAS for lawful purposes and in a lawful manner by any law enforcement agency of the town or other local, state or federal government, or emergency services personnel.

 

5-15-6 Violation and Penalty.

(A) It is unlawful to violate any provision of this chapter. A person who is convicted of violating any provision of this chapter shall be punished as provided in § 1-4-1 of this code.

(B) In addition to the penalty set forth in subsection (A) of this section, the town may impound any UAS that is operated in a careless or reckless manner, in the interest of public safety.

 

University Drone Policies

Colorado College

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado State University

CU Boulder

Metropolitan State University

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

University of Colorado Denver

University of Northern Colorado

Western Colorado Community College

Note: This list is just a sample… many more could be added.

 

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

2022 – Colorado takes a close look at the potential impact of advanced air mobility on car traffic

2023 – HB23-1281 – Advance The Use Of Clean Hydrogenenacted 5/22/2023

2024 – Alder Renewables Opens SAF Lab in Colorado

 

Short Essay Questions

Question 1

You have been hired by a Drone Startup Company. Your boss has immediately assigned this job to you.

They need you to prepare a one-page memo detailing the legalities of filming an outdoor wedding at Colorado Plateau, pictured above.

They need you to mention any state laws and local ordinances.

They specifically want to know what airspace you will be operating in, and whether or not you need an airspace authorization, with or without LAANC capability.

Lastly, there is a bonus for you if, as you scroll through this chapter, you find any typos or broken links!

Question 2

Do the state drone laws implicate the First Amendment? If so, describe, citing the exact law.

Question 3

Do the state drone laws implicate the Fourth Amendment? Or involve law enforcement officers obtaining warrants? If so, describe, citing the exact law.

Question 4

Do the state drone laws contain a preemption clause? If so, describe, citing the exact law.

Question 5

Does the state have UAM/AAM laws? If so, describe, citing the exact law.

Question 6

Are you aware of any new laws or policies not mentioned above? If so, describe, citing the exact law or policy.

 

 

 

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