It is interesting that Pitkin County believes it has jurisdiction over airspace and intends to try to regulate aerial filming. The National Airspace System (NAS) is regulated solely by the FAA through the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). The County has zero regulatory authority over any part of the NAS. I’m sure Pitkin County Attorney John Ely will quickly discover this fact as he consults with the FAA on the issue.
Regarding the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), in February 2012 Congress passed the “FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012” which requires the FAA to create a regulatory framework for UAVs by 2015. The FAA is currently in process with this mandate, with their foremost goal being aviation safety for all manned and unmanned aircraft.
Pitkin County should understand that their jurisdiction ends at ground level, and leave the airspace regulations to the pros at the FAA.