We just wanted to share the link to the article posted by Jonathan Rupprecht on his website reviewing and summarizing the Drone Operator Safety Act of 2017
The Drone Operator Safety Act of 2017 is a proposed bill that makes it a federal misdemeanor to: (1) fly unmanned aircraft in the runway exclusion zone of an airport (red zone in the picture to the left) without air traffic control authorization or (2) “operate an unmanned aircraft and, in so doing, knowingly or recklessly interfering with, or disrupting the operation of, an aircraft or other airborne vehicle carrying 1 or more occupants operating in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, in a manner that poses an imminent safety hazard to such occupants.”
This applies to all unmanned aircraft.
A federal misdemeanor can be punished up to 1 year in federal prison and/or a $100,000 fine. If the person attempts or causes serious bodily injury or death with a drone, the crime is punishable up to life in prison.
The complete article also offer offers the pros and cons of the proposed Drone Operator Safety Act