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Court dodges "Drone Slayer"

A recent decision in the infamous "Drone Slayer" case answers some questions relating to the role federal courts will play as individuals seek to vindicate their property and privacy rights against UAS operators. But at the...more

The Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017: Overdue or Over-reaching?

On March 15, 2017, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced federal legislation entitled the Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017. The proposed legislation seeks to address...more

Recreational drone users face more restrictive regulations and fines

Drones, especially recreational drones, are fast becoming ubiquitous. Their increase in popularity shows no signs of slowing down, and nor do the number of drone-related incidents. Canadian authorities saw a 100 percent...more

Canadian government creates no-fly zones for recreational drone users

Many of Canada’s cities have effectively become “no-fly zones” for recreational drone users as a result of a recent extraordinary measure taken by the Minister of Transport. On March 13, 2017, Canada’s Transport Minister...more

FAA Admits Unmanned Aircraft Systems, i.e. Drones, are a Severely Underfunded Mandate

The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS” or “drones”) in commercial settings has proliferated since the Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA”) long-awaited regulations governing the commercial use of drones, 14 CFR Part...more

UAS, A Growing Part of the Oil and Gas Industry

As the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or as they are more commonly called, drones) continues to rapidly increase as technology continues to develop, more and more industries will utilize UAS in their day-to-day...more

An Update on Part 107 Waivers for Night Operations

Back in August 2016, when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its final small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) rule (or Part 107) FAA administrator, Michael Huerta said, “Our focus is to make this as streamlined...more

UPS Tests Drones for Autonomous Package Delivery

On February 20, 2017, UPS and Workhorse Group, an Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone developer, successfully conducted a test that launched a drone from the top of a UPS truck, which then autonomously delivered a...more

New Drone Sighting Report Released by FAA

On February 23, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an updated drone sighting report containing data covering February through September 2016. The report includes pilot, air traffic controller, law...more

The Future of Part 107 sUAS Regulations and the 2017 Regulatory and Legislative Outlook for Commercial Drone Operations

Action Item: The FAA’s new Part 107 regulations concerning small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“sUAS”) went into effect August 29, 2016, boosting investments in the expanding commercial UAS market. Additional FAA regulations,...more

Drones - unmanned but not unregulated

Reports that an aircraft carrying 165 passengers narrowly avoided collision with an unmanned aircraft over central London in July 2016 have sharpened policymakers' minds on the need to implement a more robust regulatory...more

Drone strikes - a look at liability

The drones market is soaring. Some have likened the growth of the drone market to the growth of the internet in the 1990s and there is no doubt about it: drones are revolutionary, and they are here to stay. However, like the...more

The Story Behind the Swarming Drones at Super Bowl LI

If you were one of the 111 million viewers to watch Super Bowl LI, you may have seen the half-time show which featured not only a performance by Lady Gaga, but over 300 swarming drones performing an intricate light show....more

Ag and drones – What do you need to know?

If you were among the millions who watched the “Big Game,” you likely saw Intel’s brilliant display of synchronized drones during Lady GaGa’s halftime show. While these were purely for entertainment, early adopters of...more

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

Orlando Issues New Drone Ordinance to ‘Balance the Need to Protect the Privacy of its Citizens’

The city of Orlando, Florida recently issued a new drone ordinance aiming to “promote hobbyists and commercial use of unmanned aircraft” while “balancing the paramount need to protect the well-being, tranquility and privacy...more

Drone Operator Arrested in California for Operation Near Helicopter Rescue

On January 27, 2017, police in Pacifica, California arrested a drone operator for allegedly flying a drone near the scene of a helicopter rescue, which effectively delayed the rescue operation. Police and fire rescue...more

Commercial Drone Pilot Alert: FAA Policy Changes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently made some Section 333 policy changes that may have slipped under some commercial pilots’ radars. Back in November, the FAA posted a document in the Federal Register that...more

City of Orlando Passes New Drone Ordinance Effective Immediately

This week, the City of Orlando announced the passage of its new Drone Ordinance- the amended Section 43.02 of the Code of the City of Orlando (Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems- Restrictions on Operation). The ordinance...more

AUVSI Remote Pilots Council Announced

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the formation of a Remote Pilots Council which aims to promote education and dialog between commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight - Vol. 1, No. 1

Welcome to our newest publication, The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight. Our goal is to deliver practical content to help you navigate the current challenges and latest developments in the insurance industry. This newsletter...more

Airspace Rights in Louisiana

The old Latin maxim, cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelom et ad inferos – “whoever’s is the soil, it is theirs all the way to Heaven and all the way to hell” – is today but a romanticized exaggeration. No longer does a...more

FAA Issued Notice Advising Public of RTCA Drone Advisory Committee Second Meeting for Jan 31

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a notice advising the public of the RTCA Drone Advisory Committee’s second public meeting, which is scheduled to take place on January 31, 2017 in Reno, Nevada. The FAA has...more

SkyPan and FAA Settle UAS Enforcement Cases

SkyPan International, Inc. (SkyPan), based in Chicago, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed upon a comprehensive settlement to resolve the enforcement cases where the FAA alleged that the SkyPan operated...more

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