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Drone Collides with Commercial Jet in Quebec City

On October 12, 2017, a drone collided with a commercial aircraft while it was approaching Jean Lesage International Airport, in Quebec City. This is the first time that a drone has hit a commercial plane in Canada, according...more

Drone Industry Grows, the Fight for Control of the Sky Builds

It’s now considered ‘cool’ to fly a drone whether you are doing it for your business or as a hobbyist in your own backyard. When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the final rules for small unmanned aerial...more

Congress Approves FAA Extension to March 31, 2018

When we previously wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, there was a deadline set at the end of September. Just before the deadline, Congress approved a six-month extension of Federal Aviation...more

Federal Court Finds Local Drone Ordinance Preempted by Federal Law

by Stinson Leonard Street on

States and local governments may want to think twice before passing laws that ban or place limitations or conditions on the use of unmanned aircraft flights in the wake of a federal judge's ruling last week in Massachusetts. ...more

Working Together: FDA Releases Final Guidance on Interoperability

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 6, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released its final guidance document, Design Considerations and Pre-Market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices (Final...more

Assessing Drone Industry Successes & Challenges as the FAA's Small Commercial Drone Rule Turns 1

The Federal Aviation Administration's ("FAA's") Part 107 rule for small commercial drone operation, effective as of August 2016, has now been up and running for over a year. In light of this milestone, the FAA recently took...more

City of Newton’s Drone Ordinance Overturned by Federal Judge

Last week, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled that the City of Newton’s drone ordinance, which attempted to regulate drone flights in the airspace over Newton, Massachusetts could not be enforced by the municipality...more

Advanced Weather Data: Vital for the Future of Commercial Drone Operations

Back in December 2016, Amazon executed its first customer delivery by drone in the United Kingdom. Now, as Amazon, and other large retailers, aim for widespread deployment of drones for the delivery of goods to consumers, it...more

Drones: Moving toward the future of mobility and highways in the sky

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Lisa Ellman and senior advisor Gretchen West talk about the role commercial drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will play in the future of mobility. They also...more

Fire Departments Across the Country Use Drones for Faster Response

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones) are being sent out to fire locations as scouts, using gas sensors and cameras with thermal imaging technology to help fire departments in their rescue efforts. With this new tool, fire...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance For Medical Device Exchange of Patient Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance yesterday (September 6, 2017) entitled “Design Considerations and Pre-Market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices,” which is intended to “assist...more

FDA Recalls St. Jude Medical Pacemakers for Cybersecurity Patches

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of 465,000 St. Jude Medical pacemakers in order to push a mandatory firmware patch of vulnerabilities in six types of radio controlled cardiac pacemakers....more

Civilian Drones Asked to Stay Out of the Sky During Hurricanes

For years, drones have been used to support recovery efforts in the aftermath of floods and other disasters, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is proving to be no different, and we suspect that the same will be true...more

Automated License Plate Scans Data May Be Disclosed - California Supreme Court Finds Public Record Exemptions Do Not Apply

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Data from automated license plate readers may be disclosed under the California Public Records Act, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling issued recently. The case, which pits law enforcement against open government...more

Drones Delivering Medical Supplies in East Africa but not in U.S.

Residents in remote areas of Tanzania and Rwanda in East Africa are receiving medical supplies through the use of drones, far surpassing similar efforts in the U.S., according to Robert Graboyes, a senior research fellow at...more

Presidential Council Releases Infrastructure Cybersecurity Report And Recommendations

by King & Spalding on

On August 22, 2017, the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (“NIAC”) issued a Report on securing critical U.S. infrastructure against cyber-attacks. The Report states that the U.S. is underprepared for the...more

UAS Components of FAA Reauthorization Bills Stalled

We recently wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bills that would allow funding to the FAA to continue beyond Fall 2017. Now, it is likely that as Congressional leaders seem unlikely to reach...more

The Commercial Drone Technology Evolution

The commercial drone technology ecosystem has come a LONG way in the last five years, and businesses all over the world have spent years exploring the potential of drones. Over this time, there have been at least eight...more

DJI Reports Enhanced Data Privacy for its Drones

We posted last week about the U.S. Army issuing a memorandum banning the use of DJI drones due to security concerns, but now, this week DJI reports that it is developing a new local data mode that stops internet traffic to...more

All You Need to Know About Flying Your Drone During the Solar Eclipse

Next week, on August 21, a solar eclipse (or the alignment of the sun, moon and earth) will take place for the first time in 38 years. The last time this cosmic event occurred, there were no battery-powered...more

New FAA Waiver Issued to CNN Will Help Expand Commercial Drone Operations Over People

by Hogan Lovells on

Drones are the future of transportation and information technology. Recent innovations have transformed what used to be considered toys into powerful tools that provide substantial safety and efficiency benefits to commercial...more

U.S. Army Issues Memorandum Banning Use of DJI Products Due to Cybersecurity Issues

Last week, the U.S. Army issued a memorandum discontinuing the use of DJI drone products due to cybersecurity concerns. The memorandum said, “Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products,...more

A Review of the OMB Guidelines Issued to Federal Agencies for Reporting Requirements to Congress That Redefined What Constitutes a...

by Nossaman LLP on

With the growing threat of cyberattacks, we thought it would be worthwhile to discuss a late 2016 change in reporting requirements for federal agencies that have suffered a data breach. The Office of Management and Budget’s...more

Contraband Drone Crashes Near Prison in Washington State

Recently, a drone carrying 16 individual bags of marijuana, cell phones and chargers, two bags of tobacco, and 31 oxycodone pills crashed into the ground near the Washington State Prison yard....more

North Carolina Introduces New Drone Bills

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, signed two bills this week to regulate the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones). First, House Bill 337 revises existing state drone law to make that existing state drone law...more

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