12/23/2015 3:03:58 PM
Drones are expected to be at the top of many holiday wish lists this year, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that 1.6 million drones will be sold in 2015.
“As drones become more affordable and available, the skies will be buzzing with activity,” says Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Whether for personal or commercial use, drone owners need to consider a number of important liability and insurance issues, ranging from personal injury and property damage to trespassing and invasion of privacy.”
As the state’s insurance regulator, Rothman is offering some tips for Minnesota owners of drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
The FAA and industry trade groups have produced a website (www.knowbeforeyoufly.org) to educate recreational drone users about safe, responsible flying. Key guidelines include:
If you have questions or concerns about your insurance, contact the Commerce Department’s Consumer Services Center by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-539-1600 or 800-657-3602 (Greater Minnesota).