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Drone hits commercial plane on final approach into Canadian airport

by Dentons on

On October 12, 2017, a Skyjet flight, on its final approach into Québec City, was struck by a drone. This aviation incident marked the first commercial aircraft strike by a drone in Canada. No one onboard suffered any...more

Drone Collides with Commercial Jet in Quebec City

On October 12, 2017, a drone collided with a commercial aircraft while it was approaching Jean Lesage International Airport, in Quebec City. This is the first time that a drone has hit a commercial plane in Canada, according...more

Drone Industry Grows, the Fight for Control of the Sky Builds

It’s now considered ‘cool’ to fly a drone whether you are doing it for your business or as a hobbyist in your own backyard. When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the final rules for small unmanned aerial...more

What State And Local Laws Will Fly When It Comes To Drones?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Drone laws today are confusing. Looking around the country we see that many states and cities have passed their own laws and regulations to ban or restrict the use of drones. For example, in Texas, Texas Government Code...more

FAA restricts drone operations near ten US landmarks

by DLA Piper on

For the first time, the FAA will restrict UAS flights near ten US Department of Interior (DOI) landmarks. These landmarks are the latest locations added to the FAA's UAS no-fly zones, which include other security sensitive...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

McAfee Report Lists Health Care Sector as Most Targeted Industry for Cyber-Attacks - In its cybersecurity incident report outlining vulnerabilities for the second quarter of 2017, security firm McAfee lists the health care...more

Federal Court Finds Local Drone Ordinance Preempted by Federal Law

by Stinson Leonard Street on

States and local governments may want to think twice before passing laws that ban or place limitations or conditions on the use of unmanned aircraft flights in the wake of a federal judge's ruling last week in Massachusetts. ...more

The Sky May Be the Limit: Local Drone Regulation and Federal Preemption

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Just over one year ago, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) promulgated regulations governing the commercial use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), weighing less...more

Federal court finds that federal law preempts local drone ordinance

by DLA Piper on

In what appears to be the first-ever ruling of its kind, a federal judge in Massachusetts has overturned portions of a local UAS ordinance on grounds that it was preempted by federal law. While the ruling provides some...more

The 2017 Hurricane Season Will Set Many Records – Including for Drone Use

by Locke Lord LLP on

In the wake of record damage by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and potentially additional hurricanes to come, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has begun to open up the skies to the use of drones. To that end,...more

Assessing Drone Industry Successes & Challenges as the FAA's Small Commercial Drone Rule Turns 1

The Federal Aviation Administration's ("FAA's") Part 107 rule for small commercial drone operation, effective as of August 2016, has now been up and running for over a year. In light of this milestone, the FAA recently took...more

City of Newton’s Drone Ordinance Overturned by Federal Judge

Last week, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled that the City of Newton’s drone ordinance, which attempted to regulate drone flights in the airspace over Newton, Massachusetts could not be enforced by the municipality...more

[Webinar] Everything You Need to Know About Certifying your UAS! - October 4th, 1:00pm ET

by LeClairRyan on

With Part 107 firmly behind us, attention is now focused on the complexity of UAS operations. In our last webinar, we saw how much we can do with a waiver, but commercial exploitation of advanced capabilities, such as, fully...more

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

Advanced Weather Data: Vital for the Future of Commercial Drone Operations

Back in December 2016, Amazon executed its first customer delivery by drone in the United Kingdom. Now, as Amazon, and other large retailers, aim for widespread deployment of drones for the delivery of goods to consumers, it...more

Drones: Moving toward the future of mobility and highways in the sky

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Lisa Ellman and senior advisor Gretchen West talk about the role commercial drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will play in the future of mobility. They also...more

Fire Departments Across the Country Use Drones for Faster Response

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones) are being sent out to fire locations as scouts, using gas sensors and cameras with thermal imaging technology to help fire departments in their rescue efforts. With this new tool, fire...more

Ready for Takeoff? How to Launch Your Commercial Drone

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

As recently highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, drones are playing a role in relief efforts for disasters like Hurricane Harvey. They have been used to assess property damage in hard-to-reach locations, search for missing...more

Civilian Drones Asked to Stay Out of the Sky During Hurricanes

For years, drones have been used to support recovery efforts in the aftermath of floods and other disasters, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is proving to be no different, and we suspect that the same will be true...more

Drones Delivering Medical Supplies in East Africa but not in U.S.

Residents in remote areas of Tanzania and Rwanda in East Africa are receiving medical supplies through the use of drones, far surpassing similar efforts in the U.S., according to Robert Graboyes, a senior research fellow at...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

The Commercial Drone Technology Evolution

The commercial drone technology ecosystem has come a LONG way in the last five years, and businesses all over the world have spent years exploring the potential of drones. Over this time, there have been at least eight...more

What an FAA Extension Could Mean for the Drone Industry

In late June, both chambers of Congress introduced their own versions of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill. With Congress in recess for the remainder of August and the current FAA extension expiring...more

DJI Reports Enhanced Data Privacy for its Drones

We posted last week about the U.S. Army issuing a memorandum banning the use of DJI drones due to security concerns, but now, this week DJI reports that it is developing a new local data mode that stops internet traffic to...more

All You Need to Know About Flying Your Drone During the Solar Eclipse

Next week, on August 21, a solar eclipse (or the alignment of the sun, moon and earth) will take place for the first time in 38 years. The last time this cosmic event occurred, there were no battery-powered...more

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