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D.C. Circuit Strikes Down FAA’s Recreational UAS Rule

by Benesch on

The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has long set standards for the operation of aircraft in the United States, including extensive requirements for aircraft registration. Historically, the FAA did not interpret the...more

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017 The Summer 2017 edition of Schnader’s Aviation Group newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant case and developments in aviation law, including: • Midair Collision Case...more

Government Agency Action Accelerates on Drone Operations

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report discusses FAA’s statement on the success of Part 107 (its regulations governing commercial uses of small drones), the status of drone-related rulemakings, DOD’s guidance on...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

FAA Reauthorization Bill: What does it mean for the UAS legal landscape?

In the last few weeks, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bills have made their way around both houses of Congress, which will allow funding to the FAA to continue beyond Fall 2017....more

50 Airports Across the U.S. to Adopt Automated Airspace Authorizations for Drones

By Fall 2017, fifty U.S. airports swill start allowing unmanned aircraft systems’ (UAS or drone) operators apply for automated authorizations to fly in controlled airspace around those airports. Specifically, these airports...more

Waves of Regulation Hit the Drone Industry

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report discusses the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drone-related provisions of the recently introduced FAA reauthorization bills, a recent FAA chief counsel’s legal interpretation...more

It’s That Time of Year Again: How Congress’ Proposed FAA Reauthorization Bills Could Impact the Commercial Drone Industry

by Hogan Lovells on

In the last few weeks, both houses of Congress have released draft FAA Reauthorization bills to continue FAA funding which runs out this fall. While the House bill’s proposal to privatize air traffic control in the United...more

Hail, SESAR! A Blueprint for Drone Airspace Regulation in Europe

by Hogan Lovells on

In Europe, the United States and countries around the world, drone technology is advancing rapidly, and what used to be considered toys are quickly becoming powerful commercial tools that can provide enormous benefits in...more

Canada Revises its Recreational Drone Use Rules

On June 16, 2017, Transport Canada, the department within the government of Canada which is responsible for developing regulations, policies and services of transportation in the country, issued an Interim Order (“the Order”)...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA, and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - July 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the latest FAA reauthorization bills, the Department of Homeland Security’s enhanced aviation security measures, the DOT Inspector General’s audit...more

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

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