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Municipal Drone Programs: FAA Legal Requirements and How to Protect the Public, Your Program, & Your Personnel

Municipal Training WEBINAR

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Municipal Drone Programs: FAA Legal Requirements and How to Protect the Public, Your Program, & Your Personnel


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Drones are becoming recognized as indispensable tools for public safety operations.  As a result, many towns and cities now own and operate their own.  But having a drone program brings new responsibilities.  

Drones used for municipal purposes are aircraft operating in the National Airspace System.  Drone programs can expose municipalities to liability – potentially significant – from personal injury or property damage lawsuits as well as Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) enforcement actions.  Running a successful drone program means complying with FAA regulations that are unfamiliar to many people.  And it means running the program in a way that doesn’t compromise governmental immunity or insurance coverage.  

This presentation will explain the three different legal frameworks for operating a drone program along with the pros and cons of each, outline the basic elements of a safe program, provide an overview of applicable FAA regulations, and highlight the most likely ways to inadvertently jeopardize the liability protections typically available to municipal departments and individual employees.  


  • Understand the three legal frameworks for operating a municipal drone program along with the pros and cons of each
  • Become familiar with the basic components necessary to operate a safe drone program in compliance with FAA regulations
  • Recognize how governmental immunity and insurance protections apply in the context of drone operations
  • Understand how those protections can be inadvertently compromised

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Jennifer Sills Yoxall
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP


  • First Selectmen, Mayors, Town/City Managers 
  • City/Town Attorneys
  • Public Safety Officials
  • Board, Commission, and Committee Members

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FREE to individuals who are elected, appointed, or employed by muncipalities that are CCM Members.

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CLICK HERE to be redirected to GoToWebinar, where attendees can register.  Don't forget to submit your questions regarding this topic in the registration form.

Please contact CCM Training at or call (203) 985-5108.

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Due to current conditions, CCM is not holding in-person trainings for participants in the CCMO program to earn credit hours. However, CCM would still like to provide opportunities to work toward completion in the program. 

Participants have the opportunity to earn CCMO credit hours by watching and participating in this webinar:

  • Watching this webinar live is good for 1 credit hour of Organizational Development.
  • Completing the short quiz that will be sent to attendees following the webinar is good for 2 credit hours of Community Development. 



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