Jennifer Trock

Jennifer Trock

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Drone Operations Near Wildfires Spark New Laws and Technological Advances

As wildfire season heats up in the Western United States, drone (also known as “unmanned aircraft systems” or “UAS”) operations near wildfires have spurred technological advances and prompted a series of state and federal...more

8/29/2016 - Airspace Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Preemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Ready For Takeoff! FAA’s New Commercial Drone Rule Takes Effect on August 29, 2016

The FAA’s new final rule, which will revolutionize commercial operations of small drones (also known as small Unmanned Aircraft Systems or “sUAS”), will become effective on Monday, August 29, 2016. The FAA is replacing its...more

8/25/2016 - Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drone Defenses, Part I: Rely on Local Law Enforcement

The proliferation of drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), has resulted in a growing interest in preventing unlawful and potentially dangerous drone operations. Private entities are generally prohibited from taking...more

8/10/2016 - Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems

U.S. EPA Finds Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft Endanger Public Health—a First Step in Adoption of New ICAO Standards

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) released a draft rule in February of this year proposing a new standard for reducing GHG emissions in new and in-production commercial aircraft. In the wake of the proposed...more

8/1/2016 - Air Pollution Aircraft Draft Guidance EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions ICAO Public Health

Section 333 Petitions on Hold

The FAA has stopped processing Section 333 Exemption applications. With thousands of petitions in the queue, the FAA will make applicants that would qualify to operate under Part 107 wait until the new rule is effective in...more

7/25/2016 - Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Congress Updates UAS Safety Language in FAA Extension

In the FAA Extension legislation, Congress implemented important safety provisions related to drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or “UAS”). The language, which President Obama signed into law late last week,...more

7/19/2016 - Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems

FAA Gives Overburdened TSA Another Job: Drone Pilot Vetting

FAA’s Part 107 regulations create a structure to integrate commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (also known as “sUAS” or drones) into the National Airspace System (“NAS”). As part of this structure, the FAA has given...more

7/6/2016 - Airspace Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Pilots TSA Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Countdown Begins! FAA’s New sUAS Rules Become Effective on August 29, 2016

Today, the FAA’s new rules regarding the commercial operation of small UAS (sUAS), which will be codified as 14 C.F.R. Part 107, were published in the Federal Register.  The new rules will become effective on August 29, 2016....more

6/29/2016 - Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

FAA Releases Long-Awaited Rule for Commercial Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

A key milestone in regulating the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule overhauls the current case-by-case exemption regime, establishes an...more

6/24/2016 - Airspace Commercial Use Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drones in the Sky: An Analysis of FAA’s Milestone Rules for Commercial Operations

A key milestone in regulating the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule overhauls the current case-by-case exemption regime, establishes an...more

6/24/2016 - Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Final Rules Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

FAA Releases Long-Awaited Rule for Commercial Operation of sUAS

Today, the FAA unveiled its final rule for the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), also known as drones. Industries across the country have been waiting eagerly for the release of the new regulations,...more

6/22/2016 - Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drones, sUAS and More: A Basic Guide for Unmanned Aircraft Terminology

Terms referring to drones are often used interchangeably among operators, regulators and manufacturers. Many people use the common term “drone,” while commercial operators, public organizations and associations refer to more...more

5/31/2016 - Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Popular Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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

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