Federal Judge Overturns City Drone Ordinance In First Ruling Of Its Kind

The City of Newton, MA, like many state and local governments, thought it could regulate drone flights in the airspace over its city limits.  It passed a law this past December that sought to ban unmanned aircraft flights below 400 feet, flights over private and public property without the landowner’s permission and to require local registration of drones.  A federal judge in Massachusetts ruled today that the City of Newton was wrong : it does not have that authority because it is preempted by the federal government.

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