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Integrating Drones into Your Business

Drones are becoming increasingly important for business of all types and sizes. There are already many applications of drones for businesses, but many more will certainly arise over the next few years....more

Drone Laws and Privacy in Canada

‘Drones’ were first known by the military as unmanned aerial vehicles, and later by the International Civil Aviation Organization as remotely piloted aircraft systems. Drones come in various shapes and sizes and can be...more

Privacy Implications of the Federal Aviation Administration’s New Drone Rule

A new era in the field of aviation began on August 29, 2016, when the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) long-awaited commercial drone rule went into effect. The new rule, formally known as Part 107, broadly authorizes...more

New Tool for Companies Seeking Qualified Drone Pilots

As more and more drones enter the skies, more and more companies are seeking qualified drone pilots to operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for their business. Skyward, a drone operations management platform, has now...more

Is there a Way to Monetize Commercial Drone Data?

By the end of the year, it is estimated that there will be about 600,000 commercial drones operating in the United States. U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx says, “We are in one of the most dramatic periods of...more

Armed Drone Export Control Update - United States Proposes Joint Declaration on Export and Use

Following the Federal Aviation Administration’s rollout of final regulations governing the use of certain commercial drones in the National Airspace, Defense News reports that the United States has taken steps to facilitate...more

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...more

Final Drone Rule and Potential Privacy Implications For Operators

Well, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 commercial drone regulations are in full swing this week and without the inclusion of specific privacy standards, there are still concerns about privacy-related drone...more

The Small Drone Rule –Part 107 –is Effective on August 29, 2016

Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (or the Small Drone Rule) applies to non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft (UAS) commercial operations of all drones under 55 lbs. The final rule will go into effect on August 29,...more

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

EPIC Challenges FAA’s Final Drone Rule for Lack of Privacy Protections

The Electronic Information Privacy Center (EPIC) filed a complaint against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week alleging that the final drone rule (Part 107) fails to include privacy regulations. EPIC claims...more

MCLE Self Study Article: Property Rights to the Periphery of the Universe or Only to the Rooftop?: The Effects of Drones on...

Imagine a peaceful summer afternoon at home with your family. You’re inside preparing food for a barbeque while the rest of your family sunbathes and plays by the backyard pool. Suddenly, your teenage daughter runs into the...more

Drone Rules Raise Preemption Questions

The Federal Aviation Administration's recently announced rules for commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones), set to take effect later this month, provide long-awaited guidance to drone operators...more

Many Big Announcements for the UAS Industry and its Safety and Privacy Initiatives

The commercial drone industry is projected to generate over $82 billion for the U.S. economy and over 100,000 new jobs by 2025. Last week, at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) “Workshop on...more

New Federal Drone Regulations Leave Unanswered Questions

The Federal Aviation Administration Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 (“FAA Reauthorization”) was signed into law July 15. The FAA Reauthorization contained at least five sections directed specifically at unmanned...more

New FAA Legislation Expands Safety and Security Programs and Provides New Authorities for Drone Operators

Action Item: On July 15, 2016, President Obama signed into law H.R. 636, the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 (“the Act,” Pub.L. 114-190). The Act extends the authorization of the Federal Aviation...more

Drones used for accident analysis — quickly, safely and accurately

Last week, the results of an experiment conducted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and Unmanned Experts Inc. (Unmanned Experts), a Denver-based unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology applications...more

FAA issues long awaited Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations

New Law Goes into Effect August 29, 2016 - After many months, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued regulations towards integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, also called Drones) into the national...more

FAA Published Final Drone Regulations

On June 28, 2016, the FAA published its final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“SUAS Rule”). The SUAS Rule will take effect August 29, 2016, and applies to the use of drones for...more

Oklahoma, other states limit flights of unmanned aircraft

Q: The governor recently signed legislation to regulate unmanned aircraft in some instances. What does the law do? A: The new act regulates flights of unmanned aircraft over certain facilities, such as refineries,...more

FAA Regs For Small Drones — A Step In The Right Direction

On June 21, 2016, after a long wait and much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it had finalized the regulations that will govern the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in...more

Drone Mapping the Way of the Future for Insurance Companies

Drone mapping provides insurance companies with an easy, fast and accurate method of documenting a scene and preserving key details while also letting the process of clean-up and reconstruction begin as quickly as possible....more

San Bernardino County: Hey drone operators, if you fly, we can’t

This week the San Bernardino County issued a warning to drone operators: If you fly, we can’t. Just this year, several fire-fighting tanks have been diverted away from their targets in San Bernardino County due to the...more

FAA’s Final Rule on Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

The Federal Aviation Administration promulgated its final rule on small commercial unmanned aircraft systems, called Part 107, on June 21, 2016. It sets forth the operating requirements for small commercial drones (i.e.,...more

FAA Gives Overburdened TSA Another Job: Drone Pilot Vetting

FAA’s Part 107 regulations create a structure to integrate commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (also known as “sUAS” or drones) into the National Airspace System (“NAS”). As part of this structure, the FAA has given...more

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