Sen. Lopez


Sens. Hocker, Pettyjohn, Richardson; Reps. Potter, B. Short, D. Short, M. Smith, Spiegelman, Wilson











††††††† ††††††† WHEREAS, the State of Delaware has excellent resources that can be used to further advance the research, development, and use of technology to benefit and support Delawareans and other Americans with the safe use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS); and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, UAS can be designed for gathering information necessary to protect human life in search and rescue operations; aiding in the management of resources, including marine mammal and fisheries research; providing humanitarian assistance; providing a platform for scientific research; and other private and public sector activities; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, since the 1970s, the list of potential uses for UAS and on-board technologies has expanded exponentially; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, the majority of known commercial uses of UAS are for agriculture, public safety, cargo delivery and inspection of facilities or structures; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, some of the uses of UAS will be disaster response, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and natural resource monitoring; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restricts the use of UAS by public agencies to conduct routine flights over urban or populated areas, heavily trafficked roads, or open-air assemblies of people, as well as the discharge or dropping of objects while in flight, and the operation of UAS without the capability of pilot intervention; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, the FAA has set up a roadmap for integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS);

WHEREAS, in order to integrate UAS safety into the NAS, four main components of UAS operation will need to be researched: pilot and crew requirements; control station functionality and certification; data link certification requirements and operability; and unmanned aircraft certification requirements, airworthiness standards, measures of performance, and continued airworthiness standards; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, Delaware, with the various academic levels of expertise in these areas, is well positioned to help the FAA develop these standards; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, it is estimated that integration of UAS into NAS will have a significant positive impact on the national economy, including the creation of manufacturing jobs and those requiring technical college degrees; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, in addition to direct jobs created by the manufacturing process, income ††††††††††††††† generated through newly created jobs will be spread to local communities; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, as new jobs are created, additional money is spent at the local level, creating additional demand for local services and creating more jobs; and

††††††† ††††††† WHEREAS, tax revenue to the states from 2015-2025, according to Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) are estimated to be $482 Million; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, to address privacy concerns, Delaware will extend principles contained in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to the application of UAS to protect its citizens' privacy rights from unlawful intrusion; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, Delaware has a very strong relationship with national UAS industry players already working within the state; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, Delaware has a strong and established history with defense integration initiatives; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, the United States has a substantial military presence in Delaware; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, Delaware has a substantial academic UAS body of expertise among its colleges and universities; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, Delaware Technical Community College conducts one of the nationís finest FAA accredited aviation maintenance and repair academic programs; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, Delaware State University (DSU) has significant institutional expertise in aviation science and has one of the finest aviation programs in the United States; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, the University of Delaware contributes expertise in computer and visualization technology and is a leading research and development institution supporting data collection, management, and presentation technologies; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, the FAA has recently set certification requirements for operators in the small Unmanned Aircraft Rule; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, working in collaboration with the Delaware academic partners, and with its expertise in aviation and public services curriculum and training, Delaware can assist the FAA in establishing its UAS operator certification requirements and program; and

††††††††††††††† WHEREAS, Delaware's academic partners could collaboratively establish a certification and training center to help the FAA determine a suitable commercial application of UAS into the NAS


††††††† ††††††† NOW, THEREFORE:

††††††† ††††††† BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate of the 148th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the House of Representatives concurring therein, expresses support for the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, technologies, usages, and businesses in Delaware and the increased economic and training opportunities available within the FAA Regulatory framework.

††† ††† ††††††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the importance of protecting Delawareans' rights to privacy, as guaranteed in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, is recognized as Unmanned Aircraft Systems and technologies develop in the State of Delaware.

††††††† ††††††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be sent to the Federal Aviation Administration and the members of Delaware's congressional delegation.


This Senate Concurrent Resolution expresses support for the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, technologies, usages, and businesses in Delaware and the increased economic and training opportunities available within the FAA Regulatory framework.