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Recreational UAS Registration Rule Struck Down

by Varnum LLP on

On Friday, May 19, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down FAA’s registration rule for recreational unmanned aerial system (drone) users, also called model aircraft....more

DC Circuit overturns FAA's registration system for model aircraft; tells FAA

by Dentons on

In December 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rushed out an interim rule creating a new registration system for both commercial unmanned aircraft and model aircraft. In a long-awaited decision, the US Court of...more

Registration Rule Decision Invites Congress to Expand FAA Authority Over Hobby Drones (Or Not)

On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling vacating the Federal Aviation Administration's "Registration Rule," which required owners of small unmanned aircraft ("drones") operated for...more

BREAKING: U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Strikes Down FAA Drone Registration Rule for Hobbyist

by Hogan Lovells on

In a ruling issued last Friday, the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the FAA’s Registration Rule for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) that are operated for recreational...more

Updated Drone Statistics in the Commercial Industry

The commercial drone market is booming. While estimates certainly vary, many research firms say that the worldwide market value will rise from $2 billion today to over $10 million within the next 10 years. Similar to the GPS...more

FAA Drone/Human Collision Analysis Study Helpful for Drone Insurance

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The FAA recently published the results of a study that was designed to evaluate the risks of serious injury to a pedestrian resulting from a drone collision. ...more

New FAA-Commissioned Report on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Human Collision Hazards May Support Broader Approval for UAS...

by Hogan Lovells on

Part 107, the rule broadly authorizing commercial UAS (drone) operations, was an important step forward for the commercial UAS industry. However, Part 107 limited operations in important ways. One significant limitation...more

New EASA Consultation: Are Drone Pilots Heading for a Period of Regulatory Turbulence?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 May 2017 the European Aviation Safety Agency (“EASA“) opened a consultation into sweeping new regulations on the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or drones) in European airspace. Individuals and companies...more

Drone Package Delivery Calls for Drone Traffic Management System

By 2020, it is estimated that 7 million drones will be flying around the country delivering packages, taking photos, inspecting infrastructure or conducting search and rescue missions. However, before that happens, we will...more

Filmmaker Arrested for Flying Drone over the NFL Draft

A 27-year old resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jonathan Kolleh, was arrested and spent 14 hours in a holding cell last week for flying his drone in the vicinity of the National Football League (NFL) Draft. Kolleh began...more

How a Drone Could Save a Life at an Industrial Jobsite

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015—that means, if you break it down, that more than 90 workers lost their lives each week on jobsites. These...more

Indiana Bill to Create New UAV-Related Misdemeanors

S.B. 299, introduced by Senator Eric Koch, has passed the Indiana General Assembly, and is on its way to the desk of Governor Eric Holcomb for his final consideration. S.B. 299 would create Class A misdemeanor offenses...more

The FAA’s New Study on UAS Human Collision Hazards

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with a group of universities, conducted a study to determine the risks associated with flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people. The group of universities included...more

FAA Releases Airport Facility Maps for Safer Drone Operations

As we discussed in our previous post, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published over 200 airport facility maps last week to aid drone operators in safer operation and streamline the authorization process for...more

Police Foundation Releases New Infographic and Tips for Law Enforcement Agencies Use of Drones

The Police Foundation, a non-profit organization for policing across the United States, recently released a new infographic for law enforcement agencies seeking to establish a program for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS...more

Rules of the Drone. The New FAA Drone Rules For Your Construction Site

About ten years ago, I visited a college friend in Simi Valley, California. He graduated Purdue with an Aeronautical Engineering degree and had left Indiana to work for a company developing unmanned aircraft for the military....more

Top unmanned aircraft systems developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies are not new to game-changing technology innovations. It is therefore no surprise that a number of ADG companies are early investors in unmanned aircraft systems...more

Your Business Drone Crashed... What Do You Do?

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Understanding FAA & NTSB Drone Accident Reporting Requirements - When a corporate drone crashes, it can be one of the worst-case scenarios for owners who rely on UAS technology to conduct a wide-array of business...more

FAA announces release of UAS facility maps to speed up part 107 approval

by DLA Piper on

On April 27, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps.  The FAA will release these maps in order to improve the quality of airspace...more

FAA Publishes Notice to Airman Restricting UAS Flights Over 133 Military Facilities

On April 7, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a Notice to Airmen (Notice) that becomes effective on April 14, 2017. The Notice prohibits the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over 133...more

FAA to Release New UAS Airspace Maps

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release a set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27, 2017. These maps will help drone operators improve their Part 107 airspace authorization requests,...more

Sky full of drones – Germany opens up for new drone opportunities as it introduces its new UAS Regulation

by Hogan Lovells on

Germany has introduced a new “Regulation for the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems” (“Drone-Regulation“). On 7 April 2017, the new Drone-Regulation entered into force adapting national legislation to the risk-based...more

FAA Announces Release of UAS Facility Maps for Drone Operators

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Federal Aviation Administration has just announced that it will release its first set of UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) facility maps on April 27, 2017, which can be found at: http://www.faa.gov/uas. Once published,...more

Sense-and-Avoid Software Tests Successfully in Recent Drone Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Northrop Grumman, and Aviation & Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) recently announced a series of successful drone flights testing sense-and-avoid systems. One of the key...more

Commercial Drone Alliance Speaks Out Against Drone Privacy Legislation

The Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA) voiced its opinion on the drone privacy legislation that was recently reintroduced by U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey and U.S. Representative Peter Welch. The Drone Aircraft Privacy and...more

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