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Real-name registration requirement imposed for civilian-use drones in China

by Hogan Lovells on

Following serious incidents of civilian drones entering the airspace of Chinese airports and causing flight delays last April, China’s civil aviation authority has issued the Real-name Registration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft...more

Time to Get Moving: Transportation and Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Opportunities

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will publish notices on June 8, 2017, soliciting public comments to help shape their regulatory reform efforts under Executive Order (EO) 13771,...more

Collaboration, Harmony Key For International Drone Rules

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule, called Part 107, broadly authorized simple, visual line-of-sight operations with drones that weigh less than 55 pounds. Part 107 was considered by most to be...more

Air-Traffic Control Systems for Drones Tested in Nevada

As more drones take to the skies in Nevada, which is home to one of only six of the country’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) Designated Test Sites, officials are trying to figure out...more

The Stealthy Traffic Camera and the Class Action That Wasn’t

by Benesch on

Mobile speed units. Those mindless menaces squinting at everything that rolls down the road. Most drivers approach them with caution, but others, either oblivious to their presence or bent on one-upping the machine, speed...more

D.C. Circuit Revokes Drone Registration Rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

On Friday, May 19, 2017, less than a month after the National Park Service’s first use of a drone in a Grand Canyon search and rescue mission, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a Federal Aviation...more

A Simple Case of Statutory Interpretation: The FAA Lacks Authority to Require Model Aircraft Operators to Register

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On Friday, May 19, 2017, a federal appellate court struck down an integral part of the FAA’s attempt to safely monitor and integrate small unmanned aerial systems (“sUAS”) into the national airspace. The D.C. Circuit found...more

Customs withdraws Notice of Proposed Modification regarding the application of coastwise laws

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency withdrew its notice of proposed modification and revocation of a series of letter rulings relating to its position on the application of the coastwise laws to the...more

Are New On-Highway, Heavy-Duty Diesel NOx Standards Down the Road?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The heavy-duty industry should monitor California developments - Key Points: ..The Obama EPA initiated new rulemaking to further reduce NOx emissions from on-highway, heavy-duty diesel engines and vehicles. ..The...more

FAA Releases Airport Facility Maps for Safer Drone Operations

As we discussed in our previous post, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published over 200 airport facility maps last week to aid drone operators in safer operation and streamline the authorization process for...more

OIG to Audit FAA Drone Waiver Processes

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) “approval and oversight processes” for Part 107 waivers for...more

Top unmanned aircraft systems developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies are not new to game-changing technology innovations. It is therefore no surprise that a number of ADG companies are early investors in unmanned aircraft systems...more

Are You Exempt? FDA Announces Waivers for Certain Businesses Subject to the Sanitary Transportation Rule

by Dickinson Wright on

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is now final and on April 5, 2017, the FDA published three waivers for certain qualifying businesses. The Sanitary...more

FDA Announces Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule

by Bryan Cave on

Today, FDA announced that it has issued the first three waivers under the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule, one of the many rules designed to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. These waivers are...more

Administration's Executive Order on Climate and Energy Is Controversial, and May Shift Action to States

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (E.O.) that takes aim at a broad range of federal climate and energy programs and regulations. The E.O....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

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

The Federal Railroad Safety Act — An Employer’s Nonretaliatory Reasons for Discharging an Employee Must Be Considered in Context...

by Lane Powell PC on

The Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) prohibits a rail carrier from retaliating against an employee because the employee engaged in certain activities protected by the statute, including the reporting of a workplace injury....more

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

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

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

Texas Supreme Court Rules Pipeline Can Take Land by Eminent Domain

by Snell & Wilmer on

On January 6, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC (“Denbury Green”) could take private property by eminent domain. In Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC v. Texas Rice Land Partners Ltd., the...more

EPA Issues Final Determination That No Adjustments to GHG Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 Will Be Made, but Questions Remain

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its determination not to change greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for cars and light trucks manufactured in model years (MYs) 2022-2025. This...more

Overview of Recent FAA Remarks on UAS/Drone Integration into the National Airspace

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

On January 6, 2017, Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) Administrator Michael Huerta, delivered a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a global consumer electronics and technology tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada,...more

Keeping Up with the Drones(es)

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

For the U.K., Amazon drone delivery has left the realm of fantasy and become a reality. On December 14, Amazon announced that it successfully completed its first delivery using an automated drone in Cambridge in the U.K. (In...more

Amazon’s First Drone Delivery

Amazon’s Prime Air took off on its first fully autonomous package delivery flight. While there have been many hurdles for Amazon’s drone package delivery initiative in the United States, that has not stopped them in other...more

2017: New President, New Transportation Secretary—Where Do Drones Fit?

The Drone Manufacturers Alliance (DMA) has voiced approval of President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Elaine Chao as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation in its November 9 letter to Trump and the Trump-Pence...more

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