Jennifer Trock

Jennifer Trock

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Indian Regulator to Consider the Civil and Commercial Use of Drones

Last month, India’s civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), issued draft guidelines proposing a framework to regulate the civil and commercial use of unmanned aerial systems or drones...more

5/23/2016 - Commercial Use Drones India Registration Requirement Unmanned Aircraft Systems

21st Century Flight School: The FAA Making It Easier For Students to Operate UAS

Last week, the FAA announced that it was lessening the regulatory requirements on schools, allowing students and faculty to use UAS (commonly known as drones) as part of their coursework. Additionally, the FAA announced that...more

5/18/2016 - Driverless Cars Drones Educational Institutions Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems

India Moving Forward with Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations for Civil and Commercial Use

Last month, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (“DGCA”) published draft guidelines (“Guidelines”) as a basis for regulating the civil use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), more commonly called drones. The...more

5/11/2016 - Airspace Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) India Proposed Regulation Registration Requirement Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Want an FAA Section 333 Exemption for your Close-up sUAS Operations? Come Prepared.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) generally prohibits small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) flight operations within 500 feet from all persons, vessels, vehicles, and structures. However, closer-in operations of sUAS...more

5/3/2016 - Airspace Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan FAA Bill Marking First Step to UAS Regulations

On April 19, the United States Senate passed bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize federal funding for the Federal Aviation Administration for the next two fiscal years. The Senate-passed bill, which will not take...more

4/27/2016 - Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Federal Industry Standards Pending Legislation Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Flying into Darkness – Commercial Drone Night Flights Approved by the FAA

Last week, the FAA issued an historic authority to Industrial Skyworks for nighttime commercial UAS operations. The Section 333 exemption, obtained with the help of Kenneth Quinn, Jennifer Trock, and Graham Keithley of...more

4/26/2016 - Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Standards Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drone Collision Results in Calls for Increased Regulation

A British Airways pilot believes that a drone, also known as a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), struck the front of the Airbus A320 during landing at London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday, April 17. The aircraft landed...more

4/21/2016 - Airlines Airspace Civil Aviation Authority (the CAA) Drones UK Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Canada Working on UAS Regulations

In 2015, Canada released a Notice of Proposed Amendment (“NPA”), proposing a new risk-based regulatory framework for small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS”) that weigh less than 55 pounds (25 kg) and are operated within...more

4/12/2016 - Canada Drones Unmanned Aircraft Systems

FAA Raises “Blanket” Altitude Authorization to 400 Feet

Commercial operators of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) that are authorized to operate in the U.S. under a Section 333 exemption from the FAA may now operate up to 400 feet without obtaining a Certificate of Waiver or...more

3/30/2016 - Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems Waivers

FAA Provides Rules on UAS Operations in the D.C. Area

Earlier this month, the FAA clarified the rules for small UAS (“sUAS”) operations in the Washington, D.C. area. The FAA released a Notice to Airmen (“NOTAM”) effective February 10, outlining the rules for operations in...more

2/25/2016 - Airspace Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems

FAA Updates Guidance on Obstruction Lighting

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released new guidance on obstructions, updating builders and developers on the requirements for marking and lighting any structure that may impact the National Airspace System (NAS),...more

12/28/2015 - Aircraft Airspace Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Land Developers New Guidance

Supreme Court Allows Changes to Agencies’ Interpretive Rules without the Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking Process

In March, the Supreme Court upheld an agency’s reversal of its own regulatory interpretation without requiring notice-and-comment rulemaking. Regulated entities now face considerable uncertainty in relying on agencies’...more

4/17/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act Notice and Comment Paralyzed Veterans Doctrine Perez v Mortage Bankers Assoc Rulemaking Process SCOTUS Statutory Interpretation

FAA Proposes Rules For Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Operations (14 C.F.R. Part 107); White House Issues UAS...

On February 15, 2015, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed rules for the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) weighing less than 55 pounds—a long-awaited step towards integrating...more

2/16/2015 - Aerospace Aviation Industry Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Proposed Regulation Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Huerta v. Pirker: NTSB Rules that UAS Are “Aircraft” and Subject to FAA Prohibition on Careless and Reckless Operations

On November 18, 2014, in a unanimous decision, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are: “aircraft” within the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) statutory and...more

11/21/2014 - Aircraft Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NTSB Unmanned Aircraft Systems

FAA Grants Exemptions and Releases Guidance for Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On September 25, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved six exemption requests for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for television and movie filmmaking under strict conditions....more

9/29/2014 - Airspace Drones Entertainment Industry Exemptions Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Movies Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Proposed U.S. Department of Transportation Passenger Protection Rules Offer Opportunity for Travel Industry Comments

On May 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed new passenger protection rules for the airline and travel industries, which would add to DOT’s extensive “Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections”...more

5/22/2014 - Airlines Aviation Industry Department of Transportation (DOT) Safety Precautions

India’s Aviation Safety Rating Downgrade Could Have Cascading Effects

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded India’s aviation safety rating to Category 2 under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program – a program designed to...more

3/7/2014 - Aviation Industry Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ICAO India Safety Violations

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