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Virginia Opens the First UAS-Dedicated Runway

Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, recently cut the ribbon on a new runway in Virginia dedicated solely to unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones). The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s UAS Airfield is a 3,000-foot runway...more

Drone Noise vs. Traffic Noise

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We have previously noted that people often view new technology with skepticism, and even trepidation bordering on fear. That perception changes as both costs decrease (resulting in more people using and adapting to the new...more

Canada Revises its Recreational Drone Use Rules

On June 16, 2017, Transport Canada, the department within the government of Canada which is responsible for developing regulations, policies and services of transportation in the country, issued an Interim Order (“the Order”)...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA, and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - July 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the latest FAA reauthorization bills, the Department of Homeland Security’s enhanced aviation security measures, the DOT Inspector General’s audit...more

Facebook Completes Successful Testing of Drones for Getting the Internet to the World’s Remotest Locations

Facebook announced last week that it successfully completed a second test of an unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) designed to carry internet access to remote parts of the world. Unlike Facebook’s first test for this task...more

Safe Separation: New Study Provides Objective Collision Avoidance Guidance for Unmanned Aircraft Flights

by K&L Gates LLP on

Recent government-sponsored research provides operators of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) helpful guidance for legally operating in proximity to manned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration’s first...more

Commercial Division Flags Novel Issue of Reasonable Reliance In LLC Member Battle

In PMC Aviation 2012-1 LLC et al. v. Jet Midwest Group, LLC et al., No. 654047/2015, BL221447 (Sup. Ct. Jun. 21, 2017), Commercial Division Justice Shirley Kornreich denied a motion to dismiss a fraudulent inducement claim by...more

Transport Canada Revises Rules for Recreational Drone use in Canada

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 16, 2017, Transport Canada issued an Interim Order under the Aeronautics Act, Canada, and the Canadian Aviation Regulations, regulating the use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles for recreational purposes in...more

NTSB Publishes Two Rules Governing Agency Investigative Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on June 29, 2017, published a final rule covering 49 C.F.R. 831 subparts A-D and an interim final rule for 49 C.F.R. 831 subpart E, both of which are effective July 31, 2017...more

President Trump Throws His Support Behind FAA Privatization Effort

by Baker Donelson on

President Trump's entry into efforts to privatize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system has breathed new life into an idea championed by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA)....more

Up in the Air - Will EPA rulemaking on carbon emission design standards for aircraft be the next Obama climate initiative on the...

Trump Administration officials followed up on the President’s June 1 announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord by announcing that the Administration was reviewing U.S. participation in ICAO’s global...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The US’s biggest banks had a good day yesterday on news that they “breezed through” the first phase of the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests—a good sign that they “have enough capital to withstand the type of financial...more

ATC Privatization: What’s Drones Got to Do With It?

The Trump Administration has proposed that Air Traffic Control (“ATC”) functions be shifted away from the FAA to a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, arguing that the move would allow for increased efficiency...more

Air Traffic Control Reform – Is It an Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come?

by Nossaman LLP on

President Trump kicked off “infrastructure week” on Monday, June 5th, by proposing to “corporatize” the U.S. air traffic control system, shifting about 35,000 workers, including unionized traffic controllers, technicians, and...more

Africa Stand Up: Strengthening supply chains – the key challenge for Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

Supply chain development is at the heart of any ability for Africa to "Stand Up". Without urgent improvement Africa risks remaining a supplier of primary materials to which others add value, leaving it vulnerable to the...more

Real-name registration requirement imposed for civilian-use drones in China

by Hogan Lovells on

Following serious incidents of civilian drones entering the airspace of Chinese airports and causing flight delays last April, China’s civil aviation authority has issued the Real-name Registration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft...more

Electronics Ban for U.S.-Bound Flights May Extend to 71 Airports

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 7, 2017 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief told a House panel that the federal government is considering an expansion of its ban on large electronics, like laptops, in carry-on bags from the 10 current...more

Is FAA Drone Licensure a Thing of the Past or Just in a Holding Pattern?

by Wilson Elser on

On May 19, 2017, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the challenge by a drone user who claimed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) drone Registration Rule promulgated in December 2015 ran afoul...more

Air-Traffic Control Systems for Drones Tested in Nevada

As more drones take to the skies in Nevada, which is home to one of only six of the country’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) Designated Test Sites, officials are trying to figure out...more

Keeping Your Airline IT Resilient

A number of major carriers have suffered high-impact IT events in the past several months. Estimates of losses in these cases have exceeded £100m. This is on top of (no doubt significant) remedial costs, reductions in share...more

100 Million Reasons For Open Source Compliance

CoKinetic Systems Corporation filed suit against Panasonic Avionics Corporation, seeking damages in excess of $100 million, in part, for violation of the GPL v2 open source license. CoKinetic alleged that Panasonic blocked...more

Appellate Court Vacates Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Rule Requiring Recreational Drone Owners to Register with the FAA

by Lane Powell PC on

On May 19, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Registration Rule as it pertains to model aircraft. The Panel’s opinion defined model aircraft as...more

The D.C. Court of Appeals Just Scrapped the Drone Registry and May Have Also Turned Homeowners Insurers into Aviation Insurers

Model-aircraft hobbyist John Taylor didn’t want to register his model aircraft with the FAA pursuant to the newly created drone registry. So he took on the FAA, challenging new regulations aimed at unmanned aircraft...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

Canberra Needs Strong Plan to Make Airport Fly

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Federal Government announced in a recent press release by the Prime Minister that it will "build" the new Western Sydney Airport. This week's Federal Budget confirmed $5.3 billion in funding for the airport. That term...more

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