Drones are changing our lives for the better by providing safer inspection and maintenance of infrastructure, better and more efficient crop production and quick delivery of supplies and medicine. 

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® has participated in the groups that have contributed to the regulatory framework for the safe operation of drones:

  • Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA’s) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee
  • Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee
  • UAS Registration Task Force

In 2017, CTA published its first-ever drones standard on serial numbers for small drones.

CTA is actively engaged in drone policy matters at the local, state, federal and international levels.


Drones Will Be Sold in the U.S. in 2019


Increase in Drones Sales From 2018

Policy Priorities

Oppose Detrimental Legislation

Oppose detrimental legislation threatening innovation and the market growth of recreational and commercial drones.

Support Leadership

Support continued national leadership on drone policy and the evolving framework for a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system.

Advance Standards

Advance a remote identification standard that is not burdensome to industry or consumers and meets the needs of the law enforcement and security communities.

Support FAA Rules

Support FAA rules for expanded operations - including beyond-line-of-sight, flight-over-people and nighttime drone operations, which our nation needs to fully realize the benefits of drone technology.

Be a Drone Defender
Action Campaign

Be a Drone Defender

Some local and state governments are overregulating drone usage while the federal government continues to develop national rules regarding drones. Sign the pledge and join us in defending drones.

CTA Statements on Drones

Media Release | Sept. 26, 2018
CTA Says Drone Language in FAA Bill is a Win for Consumers and Commercial Operations
Media Release | May 9, 2018
Federal Drone Pilot Program Approvals Will Help Deliver Innovation, Says CTA