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The Expansion of UAS Registration Requirements

What types of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) require registration? Currently, all UAS flown for commercial, civil (non-governmental) purposes must be registered with and authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration...more

The Drones are Under Attack

Those who know me know that I love gadgets. Most of the time, I imagine I have a need that the newest toy will fix, at least until the next one comes along. But, despite my best efforts, I have not been able to create an...more

[Event] Yes, Virginia, You Can Use Drones in Your Business! - Dec. 1st (Virginia Beach, VA) & Dec. 4th (Richmond &...

Companies from a wide spectrum of industries have obtained a Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that permits them to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as “drones,” to...more

How to Get Drones Off Of The Ground: Be An Active Player

Business leaders are turning to drones to solve complex operational challenges. On CBS news program “60 Minutes,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos very publicly declared his intentions to use unmanned aerial systems (UASs) to make...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

DOT and FAA hope to release new drone registration requirements very soon

“Registering unmanned aircrafts will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially with new users who have no experience operating in the U.S. aviation system. It will help protect public safety in the...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

FAA to Broaden Registration of Drones in Effort to Increase Safe Operations

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced a plan this week that will require all owners of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to register...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

Risk or Reward? Using Drones on Your Construction Project

In this week’s issue of ENR, technology writer Luke Abaffy details the use of drones by Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to conduct bridge inspections....more

Florida Law Creates Right of Action against Drone Operators for Surveillance of Private Property

A bill passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law earlier this year expands Florida’s Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act (F.S. 934.50) to prohibit the use of a drone to record images of private property, or the...more

Whopping $1.9 million fine issued for unauthorized drone use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a whopping $1.9 million fine against SkyPan International Inc. (Skypan), an aerial photography company, for carrying out 65 unauthorized drone flights from March 2012 to...more

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

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update reports on Congress’s six-month extension of FAA’s reauthorization; new U.S. Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements with the European Union and Canada; the FAA’s...more

Do You Know Your IP Rights In Your Imagery and Other Data Products?

Two recent court cases highlight the need for businesses to carefully consider the intellectual property rights associated with building data products and services. This issue is of growing importance as companies...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

Declaring War on Drones Part Deux: Is a Drone Operator/Owner Liable for Trespassing?

Last month Tilting discussed whether Daisy Duke and her Uncle Jesse faced civil or criminal liability for shooting down Boss Hogg’s drone trespassing over their property. To recap: Daisy Duke was sunbathing by her Uncle...more

California City Becomes First To Ban Drone Flights Over Incidents Interfering With Firefighting

On September 1, 2015, the Poway, California City Council approved an ordinance banning the flight of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), more commonly known as drones, over a significant portion of Poway, California. In...more

Drone on Drones: California Governor Grounds Bill Prohibiting Low-Flying Drones

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation last week that would have prohibited flying a drone less than 350 feet above private property without the property owner’s permission, expressing concerns about exposing drone users to...more

The FAA’s Drone Dilemma: The Need for Regulation vs. Liberal Licensing

Perhaps no issue has drawn as much attention to the Federal Aviation Administration in recent months as its much anticipated final regulations for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, expected in the early part...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

The WSGR Data Advisor - September 2015

In this issue of The WSGR Data Advisor, we examine the FCC’s recent TCPA declaratory ruling and order addressing issues regarding calling and texting consumers, and discuss the new privacy, data security, and transparency...more

Stores for Sale! Retailers and Restaurants Spin Off Real Estate

Several major retailers and restaurant chains have recently engaged in a variety of transactions to spin off their real estate and lease it back. Retailers and restaurants are suddenly doing them, or considering them, at an...more

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