News Release
For Immediate Release
February 24, 2015

Marshall Wright
GOED Aerospace and Defense Cluster Director

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Know Before You Fly It
Recently proposed FAA rule changes prompt partnership on unmanned aircraft systems

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—In a recent partnership, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and Small UAV Coalition are raising awareness about the issues and rules surrounding the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), more commonly known as drones.

Under the newly proposed rules, the FAA will allow for the use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (under 55 pounds) in non-recreational airspace and provide more options for public input on the use of “micro” UAS (under 4.4 pounds). The full sUAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking can be found at

“We understand the increasing use of drones but want to make sure the public understands that the issue of appropriate use is still being discussed and hasn’t fully been implemented yet,” said Marshall Wright, director of the aerospace and defense economic cluster at GOED. “We strongly encourage the public to look into their local rules on drone use and also visit the ‘Know Before You Fly’ website.”

The ‘Know Before You Fly’ campaign was founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and the Small UAV Coalition in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to inform the public about safe and responsible operation of sUAS for both recreational and commercial use.

Although the proposed rules may be implemented, it is important for the public to understand that no changes have been made to current laws and ordinances. More information can be found at

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or