Interesting legal debate on who has the right to decide when and where drones can fly? In a market that is expected to reach sales of seven million units by 2020, it doesn't seem that regulators will be able to stop the use of drones in civilian areas. And why would they want to prevent such innovation? What is clear though, is that many interested parties will have to work together to generate a system that will be fair and safe for all homeowners.
As the fledgling aviation industry began to take off, the U.S. had the foresight to adjust its laws and norms accordingly. Eventually, property owners’ airspace rights were limited to what they could reasonably use, and the area above 500 feet or so became navigable airspace, regulated by the federal government. Today, pilots and airlines contend with the FAA, not individual property owners, in planning when and where to fly.