2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 2C - THE NEW JERSEY CODE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Section 2C:40-27 - Definitions relative to operation of unmanned aircraft systems.
2C:40-27 Definitions relative to operation of unmanned aircraft systems.
1. a. As used in this act:
"Operate" means to fly, control, direct, or program the flight of an unmanned aircraft system.
"Unmanned aircraft" means an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.
"Unmanned aircraft system" means an unmanned aircraft and associated elements, including communication links and the components that control the unmanned aircraft, that are required for the pilot in command to operate safely and efficiently.
b. Except as otherwise prohibited by P.L.2017, c.315 (C.2C:40-27 et al.), a person who is authorized by federal law to operate an unmanned aircraft system may operate an unmanned aircraft system in this State for any purpose, provided that the person operates the unmanned aircraft system in a manner consistent with applicable federal law and regulations. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect federal preemption of State law regarding aviation.
For purposes of this subsection, "person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental entity, or other legal or commercial entity.
c. An owner or operator of a critical infrastructure, including a political subdivision, may apply to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, pursuant to section 2209 of the "FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016," Pub.L.114-190, in order to prohibit or restrict the operation of unmanned aircraft systems in close proximity to the critical infrastructure.
Prior to applying to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to prohibit or restrict the operation of unmanned aircraft systems in close proximity to a critical infrastructure, a political subdivision shall hold a minimum of one public hearing, with adequate notice to the public, concerning the proposed application.
L.2017, c.315, s.1.