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Over 4,400 comments on FAA’s proposed drone framework; Amazon wants less restrictions and more room for technological advancement

The comments period closed on April 24, 2015, for the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed drone framework and regulations, and there were over 4,400 comments submitted. Among those opposed to the limited scope of the...more

FAA approves Amazon’s second request to test its delivery drones in the skies

While Amazon.com Inc. (Amazon) did receive approval to fly its test drones from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) back in March of this year for its July 2014 request, that approval proved to be useless after Amazon...more

Generation ¥ RMB: The New Global Currency

In this issue: - Foreword - Executive summary - Part 1: The big picture - A&O view: Coming to China and carrying renminbi - Part 2: Why paying in RMB is paying off - A&O view:...more

Section 333 at 200 days: Where are we now?

Since the FAA granted the first Section 333 Exemption on September 25, 2014, potential commercial unmanned aircraft system (“UAS” or “drone”) users have eagerly monitored the agency’s progress. Let’s review the first 200-day...more

Up, Up, and Away: Insurance Market for Commercial Drones Set to Take Off

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or Drones) have been in the news increasingly over the past decade. While it began, primarily, with the federal government’s use of Drones through the military and federal law enforcement...more

Drone on Drones: FAA Approves Use of Drones By Insurance Companies

The FAA has granted insurer American International Group approval to use drones to conduct inspections in domestic airspace, AIG announced today. AIG intends to use the drones to survey disaster areas, hoping this will lead...more

Federal Government’s Mandatory Grain Shipment Rules Not Extended

The grain shipment rules (Rules) enacted by the Canadian government—the most recent iteration of which expired on March 28, 2015—have not been renewed. ...more

Privacy rights group speaks out against FAA’s proposed framework on commercial use of drones

On March 31, 2015, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a petition against the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rule on commercial drone use, in the D.C. Circuit. EPIC believes that the FAA...more

Supreme Court Expands Whistleblower Protections

The Supreme Court has been showing a tendency towards increasing whistleblower protections. The most recent installment of this trend was a recently decided case in which the Court granted whistleblower status to an Air...more

“We’re From The Government and We’re Here to Help”: When The Act of a Government Constitutes a Valid Defense to a Freight Claim

Will Rogers once quipped that “I don’t make jokes; I just watch the Government and report the facts.” While most Americans can probably identify with that observation to one extent or another, the government unquestionably...more

I Can Fly it For Fun–Why Not For Profit? Proposed FAA Rules For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Every week, it seems you hear another business is using unmanned aerial vehicles. So why are you, or your company, still grounded? That could change soon....more

Drone Use “Takes Off” as Legal Consequences Remain Uncertain

Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), have received extensive media coverage over the past few years. Whether the discussions about drones are related to the unmanned...more

FAA Proposes Rules for Small Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems or Drones

Action Item: As a step towards integrating commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) flights into U.S. airspace, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...more

FAA Proposes Long-Awaited Commercial Drone Guidelines as White House Issues Privacy Memo On Government Drone Use

On Feb. 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration released a set of long-awaited proposed rules for commercial drone operation that paves the way for commercial drone usage in the United States by 2017. At the same time,...more

FAA Takes One Small Step Toward Legalizing Commercial Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a.k.a Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has long been studying the promise and perils of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), a.k.a drones. The commercial potential of UAS technology is clear. Businesses are eager to...more

Drone Propellers Aren't the Only Things Buzzing as the FAA Releases Proposed Regulations for the Commercial Operation of Unmanned...

In a surprise move during Presidents’ Day weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration released long-awaited proposed regulations for the commercial operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The draft regulations prompted a...more

How Will The Commercial Use of Drones Impact Manufacturers/Distributors?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a series of proposals for the use and regulation of drones (i.e., Unmanned Aircrafy Systems (UAS)) for commercial purposes.  In conjuction with these proposals, the White...more

The Aviation Industry and Corruption

DOJ and the SEC have quietly (or maybe not so quietly) set an enforcement tone in the aviation industry. When you look over the last few years, we have several enforcement actions either pending or resolved involving the...more

Setting the Table - January 2015: I Really Need A License For That?! Regulators Crack Down on Liquid Food Commodity Transporters

The new “Tank Vehicle” definition, which became effective and enforceable in all 50 states last summer, will likely have a disproportionate effect on the food commodity transportation sector due to the tendency to transport...more

Setting the Table - The FDA’s Proposed Food Safety Rule: What Warehouse Leaders Need to Know

Although the FDA has characterized the risk of food contamination during transportation as “low,” a proposed FDA regulation, entitled “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food” will impose new restrictions which all...more

Huerta v. Pirker—NTSB Says No More “Gray Area” for Drone Operations

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated within an uncertain legal framework while players across a rapidly growing range of commercial industries — from energy to rail transport to forestry to all types of...more

Drones: When, Why, and How Will the FAA Investigate Unauthorized UAS Use?

On July 15, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its latest National Policy Notice concerning drones, titled “Education, Compliance, and Enforcement of Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators.”...more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Oil and Gas Operations—Q and A

The desire to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in commercial operations is steadily building. A wide variety of businesses would like to use these devices to improve efficiency and safety, and reduce costs. One field that...more

The FAA’s “Regulations” Pertaining to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Amazon’s ambitious proposal to use a fleet of unmanned aircraft systems to deliver packages may seem like a novelty announced years before its time, but the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems is already here. The...more

The Impact of New Heavy Vehicle Regulations in the Road Transport Industry

With the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) beginning in February 2014 and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal's first Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) commencing in early May 2014, this year promises to be challenging...more

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