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DJI Releases Report on Lifesaving Drone Operations

DJI, market leader in drones and aerial systems, released a new report, “Lives Saved: A Survey of Drones in Action,” on lifesaving drone operations using data collected from around the world. DJI reports that drones have...more

Maryland Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Construction Goods Through Drones

Last week, Maryland’s Cecil County Sheriff’s Office used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to recover nearly $400,000 worth of stolen construction equipment, which also led to the arrest of the culprit. The New Jersey State...more

UAS, A Growing Part of the Oil and Gas Industry

As the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or as they are more commonly called, drones) continues to rapidly increase as technology continues to develop, more and more industries will utilize UAS in their day-to-day...more

An Update on Part 107 Waivers for Night Operations

Back in August 2016, when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its final small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) rule (or Part 107) FAA administrator, Michael Huerta said, “Our focus is to make this as streamlined...more

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act

The California Supreme Court has finally decided a question that has, for years, vexed courts, public officials, the media and citizen watchdogs: Are electronic communications — emails, voicemails and texts — on private...more

Is a Private Email a Public Record? Context Matters!

In deciding last week that communications on public agency employees’ private devices may be subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, the California Supreme Court included some direction to help make the...more

California Supreme Court Rules that Public Business Conducted on Personal Devices Result in Public Records

In a major development impacting all public entities subject to the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code § 6250 et seq., hereafter “CPRA”), on March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that public...more

UPS Tests Drones for Autonomous Package Delivery

On February 20, 2017, UPS and Workhorse Group, an Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone developer, successfully conducted a test that launched a drone from the top of a UPS truck, which then autonomously delivered a...more

EPIC Continues its Fight Against FAA for Drone Privacy Regulations

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed its 65-page brief in its case against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week, for the FAA’s failure to address privacy risks in its final small unmanned...more

New Drone Sighting Report Released by FAA

On February 23, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an updated drone sighting report containing data covering February through September 2016. The report includes pilot, air traffic controller, law...more

DJI Drone Manufacturer Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Firmware Update

Last week, a class action law suit was filed against leader in the drone industry, DJI Technology, Inc. (DJI), for an allegedly harmful firmware update that occurred in December 2015 that rendered certain commercial drones in...more

The Story Behind the Swarming Drones at Super Bowl LI

If you were one of the 111 million viewers to watch Super Bowl LI, you may have seen the half-time show which featured not only a performance by Lady Gaga, but over 300 swarming drones performing an intricate light show....more

SAMHSA Continues to Update Rules Related to Substance Abuse Records

On January 13, 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued the Final Rule to revise 42 C.F.R. Part 2 (Part 2 Regulations) – the federal regulations that govern the confidentiality of...more

Orlando Issues New Drone Ordinance to ‘Balance the Need to Protect the Privacy of its Citizens’

The city of Orlando, Florida recently issued a new drone ordinance aiming to “promote hobbyists and commercial use of unmanned aircraft” while “balancing the paramount need to protect the well-being, tranquility and privacy...more

Drone Operator Arrested in California for Operation Near Helicopter Rescue

On January 27, 2017, police in Pacifica, California arrested a drone operator for allegedly flying a drone near the scene of a helicopter rescue, which effectively delayed the rescue operation. Police and fire rescue...more

Commercial Drone Pilot Alert: FAA Policy Changes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently made some Section 333 policy changes that may have slipped under some commercial pilots’ radars. Back in November, the FAA posted a document in the Federal Register that...more

City of Orlando Passes New Drone Ordinance Effective Immediately

This week, the City of Orlando announced the passage of its new Drone Ordinance- the amended Section 43.02 of the Code of the City of Orlando (Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems- Restrictions on Operation). The ordinance...more

AUVSI Remote Pilots Council Announced

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the formation of a Remote Pilots Council which aims to promote education and dialog between commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or...more

FAA Issued Notice Advising Public of RTCA Drone Advisory Committee Second Meeting for Jan 31

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a notice advising the public of the RTCA Drone Advisory Committee’s second public meeting, which is scheduled to take place on January 31, 2017 in Reno, Nevada. The FAA has...more

SkyPan and FAA Settle UAS Enforcement Cases

SkyPan International, Inc. (SkyPan), based in Chicago, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed upon a comprehensive settlement to resolve the enforcement cases where the FAA alleged that the SkyPan operated...more

Seattle Jury Convicts Man of Reckless Endangerment for Drone Operation

A Seattle Municipal Court jury convicted a man of reckless endangerment for losing control of his drone at the Gay Pride Parade in Seattle in 2015. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours and reached a unanimous...more

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Begins Use of UAS for Dangerous, Hostile and Life-Saving Operations

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” LASD...more

FDA Finalizes Guidance on Postmarket Management of Medical Device Cybersecurity

On December 28, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on the postmarket management of cybersecurity in medical devices. The guidance outlines nonbinding recommendations on how device manufacturers...more

The White House’s Revisions to its Breach Response Policy For Federal Agencies and Departments Also Affect Contractors

On January 3, 2017, the Obama Administration issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies setting for a comprehensive policy for handling breaches of personally identifiable information (the “Memorandum”),...more

FAA Updates the Public on Drones with “A Story of Revolution and Evolution”

At the CES Unmanned Systems conference in Las Vegas last week, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Michael Huerta, provided the public with an update on the state of our unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)...more

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