Kurt W. Smith


Seattle University Law School, Seattle Journal for Environmental Law SJEL, Environmental Law, Drone, FAA, Homeland Security


The ability for drones to do beneficial and cost-effective environmental work is widely understood and being applied both nationally and internationally. Less well understood are the types of laws that are needed to protect the public amid rising concerns about privacy for citizens, interference with commercial aircraft, and the potential risk to homeland security. Achieving a reasonable balance between the risks and benefits of this technology is critical as the widespread use of drones continues to grow.