State of Texas introduces drone laws, El Paso International and Aloft provide guidance materials

The State of Texas has approved a new bill that will go into effect September 1, 2023, aimed at enhancing drone safety by restricting flying over El Paso International Airport and Military Installations, Act 88(R) SB 1308  .

Key Points covered in the bill include:

  • Establishes strict no-fly zones over airports and military installations.
  • Unauthorized drone flights within these areas are now deemed a criminal offense.
  • Critical infrastructure now includes airports, military bases, and construction sites.
  • The bill outlines exemptions for government entities, law enforcement agencies, and authorized contractors.

Drones over .55 lbs must be registered with the FAA, to learn more please visit the FAA website for Recreational users. Operators can also download the Aloft App to help guide responsible operation of drones.

Some rules to review before first flight:

  • Fly only for fun or recreation
  • Follow the safety guidelines of a model aircraft community-based organization
  • Fly at or below 400 feet when in uncontrolled airspace (Class G)
  • Fly within visual line-of-sight, meaning you as the drone operator use your own eyes and needed contacts or glasses (without binoculars), to ensure you can see your drone at all times.
  • Never fly near other aircraft
  • Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people
  • Never fly near or over emergency response efforts.

Commercial and Business Users

If you are using your drone for advanced drone operations, or commercial use, please review the Part 107 operational waiver information on the FAA’s website.

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