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Aerial trespass, privacy violations, and the drone slayer

John David Boggs’s drone was shot down out of the sky last summer when he flew it over another individual’s home. Bogg’s claims that he was flying his drone over Class G airspace –federal protected airspace. Bogg’s claims...more

FAA Announces Drone Registration Rule

On December 14, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) introduced a new web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (“UAS”), also known as “drones.” The new registration process...more

FAA Updates Guidance on Obstruction Lighting

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released new guidance on obstructions, updating builders and developers on the requirements for marking and lighting any structure that may impact the National Airspace System (NAS),...more

FAA Announces Drone Registration, but Legal Challenges Loom

[Note: In light of the FAA’s announcement of the drone registry, we’ve revisited our recent analysis of its authority to require registration.] On December 14, 2015, the FAA issued the much-anticipated “Registration and...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - December 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes looming revisions to the Visa Waiver Program, DOT’s plans for an additional round of new regulations on disabled passenger-related issues, the FAA’s new...more

Employers: Prepare To Enter The "Drone Zone"

Like it or not, drones are becoming an ever-present part of modern life. These small, unmanned, aerial vehicles, controlled by a ground-based computer, smartphone, or remote control, are buzzing around the sky with increasing...more

The FAA (Re)Acts: Drone Registration, a Federal Task Force, and Hefty Fines

On October 19, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced a plan to require unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV or “drone”) users to register...more

Senate committee examines unmanned aircraft system safety, privacy concerns

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and related agencies held an Oct. 28, 2015 hearing on “Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System...more

FAA Misses Deadline For Drone Regulations

Under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, enacted February 14, 2012 (the “Act”), the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) was charged with completing a rulemaking to integrate small unmanned aircraft systems...more

Alert: DOT/FAA Announce Study of UAS Registration Requirements with Adoption Likely to Follow

Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced the establishment of a multi-stakeholder taskforce to develop recommendations on the registration with the FAA of unmanned aerial vehicles ("UAVs") or...more

Culver City and Inglewood Weigh in on SoCal Metroplex Project

On September 8 and October 8, 2015, the Cities of Culver City and Inglewood, California, filed original and supplemental comments, respectively, with the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) concerning the adequacy of its...more

Friendly Skies in California After Governor Brown Vetoes Drone Restrictions, Federal Response Uncertain

Iconic California tech companies are helping to pioneer the drone revolution. For over a year, Google’s advanced-research arm, Google X, has been testing its Project Wing aircraft in cooperation with NASA, moving ever-closer...more

FAA Administrator Announces New "Compliance Philosophy" for the Agency

In a somewhat ambiguous announcement, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), Michael Huerta, announced a “new” safety philosophy for the FAA. Articulated in a speech last week to the Flight Safety...more

NTSB Faults FAA in Private Spacecraft Investigation

In a strange twist on the normal relationship between federal regulatory agencies, the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) has found the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) a primary culprit in the October 31,...more

Drone users to lawmakers: ‘Should I stay or should I go?’

California Governor Jerry Brown has just vetoed drone legislation passed by the California legislature that relates to a matter of significant interest to the real estate sector: Flight-level restrictions....more

The Future Is Now! Drones Are Coming to Public Schools… But Are We Ready?

During a recent meeting with a school district client they casually mentioned they were using a "drone." Surprised, I asked “Why… to mercilessly bomb al-Qaida strongholds with Graham crackers?" Ignoring my attempt at humor,...more

(US) Limiting the Sky: Is There Space for Drones in Real Estate Law?

Real property is generally conceived of as tangible and two dimensional. We acquire land described by courses and distances in a deed, depicted by lines on a survey. The laws respecting that land are well-formed; most in the...more

Energy Companies and Utilities Are Well Advised to Engage in Drone Privacy Discussions

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that, as of July 9, 2015, it has granted 746 Petitions for Exemption under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 authorizing commercial operations with...more

FAA Requires New Integrated Model for Noise and Air Quality Impact Analysis

In a marked change in longtime Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) policy regarding analysis of noise and air quality impacts from FAA initiated, directed or funded projects, FAA has substituted a single new model for the...more

Mountain High Aviation receives approval from FAA to fly wildlife monitoring drones

On May 28, 2015, Mountain High Aviation LLC (MHA) received the okay from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly its drones in U.S. airspace under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. MHA is a wildlife monitoring...more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Receive Lift From New Bill

Two US Senators propose temporary legislation to support UAS commercial development in the US, ensuring the US industry remains competitive. The US is lagging behind globally in the commercial integration of Senators —...more

Maryland S.B. 899 And Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Project Development

As the Maryland legislative session closed for the year, a bill that could have substantially blocked a potential growth opportunity for renewable wind energy in the State did not make it to the desk of Governor Hogan. Had...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - April 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an overview of the FAA’s new contract maintenance rules, DOT and FAA notices on flight prohibitions in conflict zones, the latest news on the integration...more

Privacy rights group speaks out against FAA’s proposed framework on commercial use of drones

On March 31, 2015, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a petition against the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rule on commercial drone use, in the D.C. Circuit. EPIC believes that the FAA...more

FAA Announces Interim Commercial Drone Operation Policy

On March 23, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (“UAS” or “Drone”) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions....more

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