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Privacy Best Practices for Commercial and Private Drone Use Adopted in NTIA Process

Consensus was reached in a proceeding of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce on a set of privacy best practices for the commercial and recreational use of...more

FAA announces more drone detection testing at JFK Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced this week that it will be expanding its research on how to detect ‘rogue’ drones near airports. The FAA will join forces with other government agencies and academic partners...more

FAA announces advisory committee and more ease for students to operate drones

Recently, Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA), Michael Huerta, announced the establishment of a broad-based drone advisory committee. The creation of this committee stems from the successful stakeholder-based unmanned...more

FAA’s drone detection initiative

This week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expanded its Pathfinder Program by signing the Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs) with Gryphon Sensors, Liteye Systems, Inc. and Sensofusion to add to...more

India Moving Forward with Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations for Civil and Commercial Use

Last month, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (“DGCA”) published draft guidelines (“Guidelines”) as a basis for regulating the civil use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), more commonly called drones. The...more

Drones & Trade Secrets – How Low Can They Go?

This Blog first addressed the threats drones pose to the protection of Trade Secrets in June of 2014. Since then, drones continue to proliferate at a dizzying pace. Everybody and their brother has one, and drones are becoming...more

FAA Allows Drones for Educational Use

In a significant policy shift, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will now permit students and to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones) – with restrictions – for educational purposes. The FAA issued a...more

Senate Version of Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Preempts Local Drone Regulations

On March 17, 2016, the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee of the United States Senate approved amendments to the most recent funding legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), the FAA...more

Want an FAA Section 333 Exemption for your Close-up sUAS Operations? Come Prepared.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) generally prohibits small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) flight operations within 500 feet from all persons, vessels, vehicles, and structures. However, closer-in operations of sUAS...more

Texas resident makes claims that Texas drone law is unconstitutional

Last week, Texas resident, Manuel Flores, filed suit in Texas challenging the constitutionality of the state’s drone surveillance law. His suit claims that the law treats approximately 1 million residents categorically...more

Drone Collision Results in Calls for Increased Regulation

A British Airways pilot believes that a drone, also known as a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), struck the front of the Airbus A320 during landing at London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday, April 17. The aircraft landed...more

Expanding Horizons: Drone Regulations from a Prosecutorial Perspective

BB&K attorney Jordan Ferguson writes about the criminal side of drones for the California District Attorneys Association’s Prosecutor’s Brief. Over the next few years, the skies are likely to get much more crowded....more

FAA committee report recommends operation of small drones over crowds

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) released its “ARC Recommendations Final Report” this month after meeting in March to discuss...more

FAA Drone Panel's Report a Major Step Toward Newsgathering Over People

Yesterday, April 6, a panel of industry experts assembled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) submitted its report recommending a new regulatory framework for the flight of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones,...more

FAA Advisory Group Recommends Framework for Drone Flights Over People

Today, April 6, a panel of industry experts assembled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) submitted its report recommending a new regulatory framework for the flight of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones,...more

FAA makes it easier to fly UAS between 200' and 400', but also imposes extensive new reporting requirements for accidents,...

On March 29, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made a major change in policy that further opens the skies to operators of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), but also imposes new administrative reporting burdens....more

FAA increases altitude for commercial drones

On March 29, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that its “blanket” altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption for commercial drone operators will increase from 200 feet to 400 feet. After an...more

FAA 2016 to 2036 Aerospace Forecast released

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the “2016 to 2036 Aerospace Forecast” stating “there is optimism that the industry has been transformed from that of a boom-to-bust cycle to one of sustainable...more

Commercial use of drones: what is allowed? What is not? FAA, Congress and the states are weighing in

The varying commercial applications of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – more commonly referred to as drones – across multiple industries poses a number of opportunities and challenges for companies both big and small....more

FAA authorizes Mountain Aviation to conduct commercial drone operations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the first airline to conduct commercial drones operations. Mountain Aviation has been flying private jets for over 23 years, and now, it will offer commercial drone...more

New drone bill proposed in Utah –police could potentially shoot drones out of the sky

The latest drone bill popped up in Utah this month which would allow police officers to shoot drones down out of the sky. This is an interesting proposal since there is currently litigation pending in Kentucky regarding a...more

Sports industry, untapped area for drone use, sure to expand

Many industries are starting to explore a new area for drone operations – the sports industry. Slowly, but surely, the use of drones for live sports coverage is expanding. In 2014, drones were used to film skiing and...more

Will New Technology, Legislation Help Drones and Airplanes Share the Sky?

On March 18, 2016, a Lufthansa Airbus A380 experienced a near miss with an unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) while approaching LAX, 14 miles east of the airport at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The drone flew 200 feet over...more

FAA Releases Guidelines For Local Regulation Of Drones

In the past few years unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, have grown in popularity and availability. With the proliferation of drones comes some difficult privacy and public safety questions for school...more

Construction Law Advisory - March 2016

The use of drones on construction projects is increasing rapidly, as the construction industry realizes their many beneficial uses, including: collecting and analyzing aerial imagery; surveying; digitizing geographic terrain;...more

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