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DJI Releases Report on Lifesaving Drone Operations

DJI, market leader in drones and aerial systems, released a new report, “Lives Saved: A Survey of Drones in Action,” on lifesaving drone operations using data collected from around the world. DJI reports that drones have...more

Maryland Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Construction Goods Through Drones

Last week, Maryland’s Cecil County Sheriff’s Office used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to recover nearly $400,000 worth of stolen construction equipment, which also led to the arrest of the culprit. The New Jersey State...more

Interim Canadian Drone Rules Launched

As the recreational and commercial use of drones expands, the calls for a regulatory framework have grown louder. The Canadian federal government has, until last week, taken the simple approach of prohibiting the use of UAVs:...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

The Week in UAS News – Amazon Patents, Fire Fighting and Nighttime Waivers

This week’s news includes drones fighting fires and illegal dumping; new fines for drone usage; new patents by Amazon; and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage around the globe. - Drone pilots...more

Aviation Happenings - Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Air Carrier Not Responsible for Rancid Cheese Under Montreal...more

First Delivery Drones; Now Floating Warehouses

Amazon continues its claims to further innovation in the on-demand delivery space. Its latest patent attempts to give a “lift” to that quest. The USPTO very recently awarded Amazon a patent for giant warehouse blimps that...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

Aviation Happenings - Winter 2016-2017

Part 1 of 2 of the winter edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Court Dismisses State Law Negligence Claim Against...more

The Week in UAS News – Invisible Fences, Executive Orders and Drone Destruction

This week’s UAS news includes a DAC meeting, drones getting into trouble, more ways that drones are impacting existing industries, and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage. - Accidentally knocking...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

EPIC Continues its Fight Against FAA for Drone Privacy Regulations

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed its 65-page brief in its case against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week, for the FAA’s failure to address privacy risks in its final small unmanned...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar generation hits new record high on California ISO grid - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 28 - On Feb. 24, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) reported a new...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

Butler Quarterly - Winter 2017

Two recent federal cases highlight the challenges practitioners face in presenting expert claims handling testimony in bad faith litigation under the Daubert standard. In the first case, a court excluded such expert testimony...more

Drones as a tool for business: Overview of the current and expected Canadian regulatory framework

Unmanned aerial systems—commonly known as drones—are vehicles that operate without an on-board pilot to control their movements. Drones vary in size, use, shape, form, and purpose. Popular for mainstream recreational and...more

Litigation and Federal Regulations Under Part 107 in the Coming Era of Drones

A drone crashed into Seattle’s iconic Space Needle on New Year’s Eve. The accident — which was recorded in dramatic fashion on the onboard camera — is likely a sign of things to come in 2017 and beyond as the Federal Aviation...more

The Legal Landscape for Drones in the UAE

The use of “unmanned aerial systems” or “drones” for commercial, government and consumer purposes has significantly increased in recent years across the globe. In the UAE, the office of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al...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

DJI Drone Manufacturer Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Firmware Update

Last week, a class action law suit was filed against leader in the drone industry, DJI Technology, Inc. (DJI), for an allegedly harmful firmware update that occurred in December 2015 that rendered certain commercial drones in...more

Regulate Frankenstein: the European Parliament calls for new rules for robots

When a parliamentary report cites Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in its recitals and proposes new regulation for robots with artificial intelligence (“AI”), one cannot be sure whether the 19th or the 21st century has inspired...more

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

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s final approval of antitrust immunity for Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico, DOT’s proceeding to reallocate some of Delta/Aeromexico’s Mexico City and...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

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