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AMA District I “New England State Drone Laws”  




Massachusetts regulations define the term “unmanned aerial vehicle” to mean “[a]n aircraft operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.” The regulations include unmanned aerial vehicles in the general definition of “aircraft” in Massachusetts.

This definition implies that any regulation applicable to manned aircraft in Massachusetts, generally, would apply to unmanned aerial vehicles. However, the only other specific reference to unmanned aerial vehicles in the state’s regulations is found in the Registration section. Under the Registration regulation, a Certificate of Authorization (“COA”) is defined as a valid license under Massachusetts law. It remains to be seen whether this regulation is subject to change due to the implementation of Part 107 at the federal level, as COAs are no longer specifically necessary for commercial flight.


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