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Super Bowl Sunday: No drone zone

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a youtube video on Wednesday letting drone operators know that the air above Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco is off limits on Super Bowl Sunday. Labeled a “No Drone Zone,”...more

Federal ALJ Allows OSHA to Seek Enterprise-Wide Abatement of Hazards Discovered at One Location

OSHA inspections are usually site-specific, meaning that the agency’s authority to issue penalties and to seek abatement of workplace hazards applies to the workplace actually inspected. Last month, a federal Administrative...more

Is point-of-sale drone registration next? Retailers say no way

In the first 30-days of drone registration, nearly 300,000 owners have registered their drones. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small drone user registration has sparked much debate, and now, the FAA is...more

Environmental Policy Quarterly

Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources Practice Group and the Public Policy and Law Practice Group of K&L Gates. This...more

OSHA and FAA Sign Agreement on Protecting Airline Workers from Retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently completed a Memorandum of Understanding (December 1, 2015), which will permit the sharing of information under...more

FAA Releases Interim Rule for Drone Registration

Owners of many small unmanned aerial systems (“sUAS” or “drones”) and model airplanes will have to register them with the government. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the requirement in an interim final rule on...more

Greasing the Wheels of Safety: NTSB Updates Regulations Governing Reports and Proceedings

New regulations governing National Transportation Safety Board investigative hearings, meetings, reports and petitions for reconsideration are set to go into effect on January 25, 2016. In general, the new regulations...more

Recent Buy America Developments

At the end of 2015, two modal administrations of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) have encountered changes to their Buy America programs. Both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal...more

Federal Aviation Administration Proposes New Stage 5 Aircraft Noise Standards

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing new “Stage 5” aircraft noise standards for certain subsonic jet airplanes and subsonic transport category large airplanes. Such standards would reduce the noise produced...more

Aerial trespass, privacy violations, and the drone slayer

John David Boggs’s drone was shot down out of the sky last summer when he flew it over another individual’s home. Bogg’s claims that he was flying his drone over Class G airspace –federal protected airspace. Bogg’s claims...more

Autonomous Vehicles - How Will Regulators Keep Up With The Technology?

On December 16, 2015, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CA DMV) issued draft regulations for the deployment (not just testing) of autonomous vehicles. When adopted, they may be the first such regulations in the...more

OSHRC Law Judge Orders Trial on Enterprise-Wide Hazard Abatement for Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

An Administrative Law Judge has held that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) “may have authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act” to order abatement measures sought by the Occupational...more

Fact sheet issued by FAA on state and local drone laws

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new fact sheet outlining state and local regulations related to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (better known as drones). The FAA said in its fact...more

FAA Announces Drone Registration, but Legal Challenges Loom

[Note: In light of the FAA’s announcement of the drone registry, we’ve revisited our recent analysis of its authority to require registration.] On December 14, 2015, the FAA issued the much-anticipated “Registration and...more

California DMV Releases Draft Requirements for Public Deployment of Driverless Cars

The California Department of Motor Vehicles released draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations for public comments this week, taking early steps toward allowing the public to operate driverless cars in California. The...more

Drones: Maximizing Efficiency And Productivity With a Dash Of Big Brother Thrown In

The expanding use of drones, officially referred to as “unmanned aerial systems,” promises to revolutionize the construction industry. Drones have the potential to allow contractors to efficiently and economically inspect...more

U.S. Issues Unmanned Aircraft Fact Sheet for State, Local Regulators

While Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly—if inaccurately—known as drones, continue to fly near the edges of federal preemption, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to provide guidance for this...more

Do The FAA’s New Drone Registration Regulations Apply to You?

On December 14, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its interim final rule (IFR) governing the registration of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), or drones, which becomes effective next Monday -...more

Drone on Drones: Operators Are Pilots Required to Register

New regulations unveiled this week will require all operators of small drones (weighing between .55 and 55 pounds) to register their names and addresses with the FAA. The government will issue registration numbers that will...more

That Drone in Your Holiday Stocking Must Now Be Registered With the FAA

Fearing for public safety over the explosion of hobby-type drones taking to the air, on December 14, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the first rule of its kind directed squarely to owners and operators...more

Drone registration—your present from the FAA

Yesterday, the FAA announced an "interim rule" for registering model aircraft and commercial UAS. While the new rule goes into effect on December 21, 2015, the FAA has also created a second "notice and comment" period, and...more

FAA announces streamlined drone registration process

On Monday, December 14, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a “user-friendly” online aircraft registration system for owners of drones (or more officially called “small unmanned aircrafts”) that weigh more...more

FAA Small Drone Rule: Takeaways For Commercial Users

On Dec. 14, the Federal Aviation Administration released an interim final rule that outlines the registration and marking requirements for small unmanned aircrafts, or drones. The registration rule mainly applies to...more

How the FAA’s Announcement Regarding Drone Registration May Affect Drone Use in Construction

Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) (aka drones) in construction is rapidly increasing and expanding. Drones have been and can be used for a variety of functions, such as imaging (i.e.,...more

Task Force Makes Drone Registration Recommendations Expected to Be Adopted by the FAA, But on What Authority?

On November 21, 2015, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee, chartered by the FAA, issued its Final Report to the FAA containing the Task Force’s recommendations for how the FAA...more

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