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Drone on Drones: FAA Commercial Drone Regulations Finalized

The FAA finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems this week, beginning the process towards full integration of drones into domestic airspace. The regulations, which in...more

FAA Releases Long-Awaited Rule for Commercial Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

A key milestone in regulating the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule overhauls the current case-by-case exemption regime, establishes an...more

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical released guide for novice drone operators

Everywhere you look there is another news story about drones. Now, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus has released the first comprehensive consumer guide to buying and using small unmanned aircraft...more

Opening the Sky for Drones: FAA Issues Drone Rules for Commercial Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on June 21, 2016 announced its long-awaited rule to allow commercial drone operators to legally fly their drones for pay and/or hire in the United States. The new rule will take...more

FAA’s New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft

Since the Federal Aviation Administration issued its proposed rules for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in February of 2015, the industry has been eagerly waiting to learn what the final rules will be. On Tuesday, June...more

They’re Here … The FAA Announces Long-Awaited Regulations Governing Commercial Drone Use

On June 21, 2016 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released 14 C.F.R. Part 107, its long-awaited regulations governing the commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), or drones. These rules, which...more

FAA's New Drone Rule Eliminates Pilot's License Requirement

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new rule on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones), announced yesterday, will eliminate the current requirement for commercial drone operators to hold a...more

FAA to Release Final Rule for Commercial Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Operations; More Work Will Remain

Key Points - - The FAA will soon release a final rule governing commercial small UAS operations (“Final Rule”) that will represent a major step forward for both innovation and aviation. - While the rule is...more

First company in the world to create drone navigation system integrated with insurance

Recently, Singapore-based ALAS Pte Ltd (ALAS) demonstrated its new software system for drone navigation, integrated with insurance for all users, at the Asia Pacific Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Symposium held in...more

Drone experts say human and machine should be treated the same when it comes to privacy and security

Last week I attended the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) in Arlington, Virginia. An “Ethics and Engineering” panel set forth some interesting questions for those individuals and businesses...more

Recreational model aircraft hobbyist files appeal against FAA for drone registration

We previously reported that model aircraft hobbyist John Taylor filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) challenging the requirement to register with the FAA in order to fly his model aircraft near his...more

FAA FOIA Request Sheds Light on Fines Against Drone Operators Across the Country

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, releasing the list of drone pilots (individual and commercial) who have been fined for flying drones recklessly or...more

Insurance Company Drones May Be Hitting the Skies

Back in March, our Data Privacy + Security Insider blog reported an increase in the use of commercial drones by State Departments of Transportation across the country. Now, insurance companies are also getting in the game....more

Voluntary best practices for drone privacy finally released

It’s here–last week, privacy groups and industry stakeholders that were participating in the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Multi-Stakeholder process released a set of best practices for...more

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

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