A Framework for Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Regulation in New Zealand
Policy Quarterly, 14(3):74-80, 2018
7 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2018
Date Written: August 30, 2018
The malicious or negligent use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – usually referred to as ‘drones’ – gives rise to significant risks. While the risky behaviours are subject to existing legal sanctions, the apprehension of perpetrators can be difficult, and traditional regulatory controls, such as licensing drone operators, may be ineffective. ‘Counter-UAS’ (C-UAS) systems that defend against unmanned aerial systems are emerging internationally as a way to address the latent threat. Potential legal issues with the implementation of C-UAS in New Zealand are briefly surveyed. I propose the adoption of a licensing system for C-UAS similar to that already adopted in civil aviation regulation.
Keywords: drones, unmanned aircraft systems, counter-UAS, C-UAS
JEL Classification: K20, K23, L50, L93
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