Pillsbury - Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Week in UAS News – Amazon Patents, Fire Fighting and Nighttime Waivers

This week’s news includes drones fighting fires and illegal dumping; new fines for drone usage; new patents by Amazon; and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage around the globe. - Drone pilots acknowledge…more
| Transportation

The Week in UAS News – Invisible Fences, Executive Orders and Drone Destruction

This week’s UAS news includes a DAC meeting, drones getting into trouble, more ways that drones are impacting existing industries, and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage. - Accidentally knocking someone…more
| Transportation

Return of the DAC — Drone Advisory Committee Holds Second Meeting

Last month marked the second meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). The meeting was held in Reno, Nevada and offered DAC members their first substantive opportunity to address a…more
| Transportation

Dubai Airport’s New Guardian: a Drone-Hunting Drone

Airports around the globe are considering new methods to respond to the proliferation of unmanned aircraft systems (also known as “UAS” or “drones”) and the increased number of near-misses between drones and airplanes. In…more
| International Law & Trade, Transportation

European Union Moving Forward with Drone Rules

The European Union (EU) is on the verge of revising its regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”) operations in Europe. The revisions will shift the regulation of UAS away from EU Member States to the European…more
| International Law & Trade, Transportation

‘Tis the Season…For the FAA to Focus on Recreational Drones

In the world of unmanned aircraft systems (also known as “UAS” or “drones”), 2016 will be best remembered for the FAA’s release of its final Part 107 regulations for commercial small UAS operations. However, the beginning of…more
| Transportation

Coming Soon! Drones Overhead

Last week, the FAA sent a new proposed rule for operations of sUAS (aka “drones”) over people to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”). Currently, Part 107 for the commercial operation of…more
| Transportation

FAA Wants Details of Operations in Applications for Waivers and ATC Authorizations

Think your application for a Part 107 waiver is going to fly through the FAA like a drone? Think again. The FAA is throwing some cold water on these expectations. Earlier this week, the agency issued a Part 107 notice to…more
| Transportation

Amazon and Google Push for Drone Delivery Services to Take Flight

In light of the FAA’s new rule (or Part 107) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry has eagerly pushed the U.S. government to initiate testing of drone delivery systems. Although…more
| Transportation

New FAA Statutes and Rules for Commercial Drone Operations Will Benefit Utilities

The new Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rules (or Part 107) governing the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (also known as drones or sUAS) took effect on August 29, 2016. The utility and energy…more
| Energy & Utilities, Transportation

Using Drones for a Bird’s Eye View of Wildlife

Project applicants and permitting and funding agencies often gather extensive scientific data to support project evaluations under environmental laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species…more
| Environmental Law, Transportation

From Section 333 Exemptions to Part 107 – The Smooth Transition

The FAA’s new rule (or Part 107) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (also known as sUAS or drones) took effect on Monday, August 29, 2016. Existing Section 333 Exemption holders may choose to continue operating under the terms…more
| Transportation

Federal Judge Upholds FAA Subpoenas – Extinguishes Flamethrower Drone Operator’s Claim

A federal court upheld the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) subpoenas of a 19-year-old Connecticut drone operator in relation to YouTube videos showing two drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or UAS) modified…more
| Transportation

Cleared for Takeoff – FAA Commercial Drone Rule In Effect and 600,000 Expected Flying This Year

The wait is over for businesses across the United States eager to fly small drones (also known as small unmanned aircraft systems or sUAS). The new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule regarding commercial operation of…more
| Transportation

Drone Operations Near Wildfires Spark New Laws and Technological Advances

As wildfire season heats up in the Western United States, drone (also known as “unmanned aircraft systems” or “UAS”) operations near wildfires have spurred technological advances and prompted a series of state and federal…more
| Transportation
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