Friday, November 3, 2017

Drone Rules Established at Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

Drone pilots must obtain a permit before taking off or landing in the Port of Long Beach Harbor District, according to new rules that went into effect last week.

Pilots have to get a permit from the port’s security division, which involves showing proof of insurance and registration information, plans for takeoff and landing and permission from port facilities where the drone would be flown.

Once pilots get their permits, the port will let its tenants know of drone usage plans by posting it on the website.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently approved the new rules as part of a recent tariff amendment in an effort to strengthen safety and security at the port.

“Our security, risk management, and commercial operations staff worked closely with the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office to develop a permitting process that focuses on the safe usage of drones in the Harbor District, within the allowable legal parameters of the Federal Aviation Administration,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “The approved rules, with requirements for insurance and notifications, should enhance our ability to maintain a safe environment for cargo operations in the port.”

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