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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Night Ops –Top Requested Part 107 FAA Waivers

At a recent Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, a Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) attorney, Dean Griffiths, explained that the top three requests for Part 107 commercial drone...more

Tech & Car Companies Resist California's Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Rules

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A who’s who of the automotive and tech sector reacted with concern at the state of California’s proposed rules for autonomous vehicles. Among other things, the companies were not happy that what the United States made...more

Picking Up Speed: DOT Releases Guidance on Automated Vehicles

New NHTSA guidance represents the federal government’s first attempt to develop a comprehensive regulatory structure for automated vehicles. This transformative technology offers vast promises and significant concerns...more

FAA Holds First Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team Meeting

The first meeting of the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) was held on October 18-19 in Washington, D.C. This team was first announced back in August by Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta...more

Newsgathering Drones Take Flight

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The era of newsgathering drones is upon us. Since new Federal Aviation Administration rules allowing limited commercial operation of drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or UAS) weighing 55 lbs. or less took...more

Niche Drone Market Expected to Explode

Over the past two years, the number of drone manufacturer start-ups has increased exponentially. Drone manufacturer start-ups have reached numbers in the tens (if not hundreds) of thousands. Whether you are seeking a drone...more

September 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s selection of carriers to operate U.S.-Havana and U.S.-Tokyo (Haneda) air services, the FAA’s implementation of its small unmanned aircraft...more

Integrating Drones into Your Business

Drones are becoming increasingly important for business of all types and sizes. There are already many applications of drones for businesses, but many more will certainly arise over the next few years....more

Privacy Implications of the Federal Aviation Administration’s New Drone Rule

by Wilson Elser on

A new era in the field of aviation began on August 29, 2016, when the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) long-awaited commercial drone rule went into effect. The new rule, formally known as Part 107, broadly authorizes...more

New Tool for Companies Seeking Qualified Drone Pilots

As more and more drones enter the skies, more and more companies are seeking qualified drone pilots to operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for their business. Skyward, a drone operations management platform, has now...more

Is there a Way to Monetize Commercial Drone Data?

By the end of the year, it is estimated that there will be about 600,000 commercial drones operating in the United States. U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx says, “We are in one of the most dramatic periods of...more

Final Drone Rule and Potential Privacy Implications For Operators

Well, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 commercial drone regulations are in full swing this week and without the inclusion of specific privacy standards, there are still concerns about privacy-related drone...more

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