Sarah Nilsson JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah NilssonJD, PhD, MAS



183.011 Definitions of aviation terms.

183.085 UA facility map for commercial airport.

183.086 Restrictions on operation of UA-- Exemption.


446.010 Definitions for statutes generally.

500.130 Operation of UAS -- Citizens' Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act.

501.110 Offense committed with the aid of a UAS.

511.100 Trespass upon key infrastructure assets.


Drones in the news

Feb 2020 - Kentucky Police Department Creates Drone Flight Team



Bill History


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HB 12 died in committee

HB 22 died

HB 67 died

HB 120 died


HB 540allows commercial airports to prepare UA facility maps. The bill specifies that UAS operators cannot operate, take off or land in areas designated by an airport’s map. It also prohibits operation of UAS in a reckless manner that creates a serious risk of physical injury or damage to property. Anyone who violates these provisions is guilty of a class A misdemeanor, or a class D felony if the violation causes a significant change of course or a serious disruption to the safe travel of an aircraft. The law specifies that these provisions do not apply to commercial operators in compliance with FAA regulations. 


SB 42 


HB 375


HB 22 - Amend KRS 446.010 to define "UAS"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 500 to prescribe permitted and prohibited uses of drones; provide exceptions; prohibit use of evidence obtained by a drone in violation of stated prohibitions; authorize that section to be cited as the "Citizens' Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 501 to clarify criminal liability for offenses committed using a drone; create a new section of KRS Chapter 525 to create the offense of obstructing an emergency responder.



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