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First in Flight, Tops in Tech, Ascendant in UAS: Drones and North Carolina

The next time you go for a long hike in a national forest with no cell phone service, you might want to take a drone with you so that you can send for help when you break your leg, dehydrate, and need help. ...more

Droning On and On, About A Trademark?

Months after Amazon’s recent media ploy, drones continue to capture news headlines. Hours ago, an AP story ran, suggesting that the Federal Aviation Administration’s present ban on commercial drones will result in global...more

Special Due Diligence Concerns When Buying Unmanned Aerial Systems

The regulatory lid is about to come off domestic commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UASs”). When that happens, like a vacuum, the U. S. commercial market will seek to deploy every viable system. In the rush to...more

The Federal Aviation Administration Appeals Most Recent Drone Ruling

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has appealed this month's ruling by an administrative law judge striking down a fine against paid photographer who had strapped cameras to a model airplane and photographed the...more

FAA Lacks Authority to Ground Small UAVs Used for Commercial Purposes

A victory for a small commercial unmanned aerial vehicle operator demonstrates the Federal Aviation Administration’s struggle to keep pace with new technologies. On March 6, 2014, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of...more

Administrative Law Judge Rules Camera-Equipped Model Airplanes Are Cleared for Take-Off

A ruling by an administrative law judge punches a hole through the FAA's ban on the unlicensed use of commercial drones. The decision may be significant for ongoing discussions in Congress and in Indian Country about drone...more

Decision Yesterday Deals Blow to FAA Prohibition on the Use of Commercial Drones

In a setback to the FAA's ban on the unlicensed use of commercial drones, a federal administrative law judge has ruled that the FAA could not fine a Virginia man who used a model aircraft to take photographs and film for...more

Drones And HOAs: How Homeowners Associations And Condominium Associations Can Be Prepared To Deal With The New Technology

Amazon.com’s recent announcement – that in the future it may utilize unmanned drones to deliver packages to individual residences – has created a host of novel legal issues that all homeowners associations should consider and...more

Infrastructure Alert - February 11, 2014

The Panama Canal Authority and the GPUC, the construction consortium working on its expansion, have been deadlocked over whether the Canal will pay for $1.6 billion in cost overruns. Construction halted on February 5 due to...more

Unmanned Aircraft and Privacy Law: A Technological Leap Into A Legal Gap

The future for domestic drones is tantalizingly close and unquestionably promising. With their ability to hover, occupy uncommon vantage points, and transport a wide range of payloads, drones (also called unmanned aerial...more

Drones in the United States: What Will It Take to Fly?

The civilian use of unmanned aerial technology — UAVs, UASs or drones — is inevitable, and right now, the government is sorting through regulatory, aviation, telecommunications, First Amendment and privacy issues. Given the...more

10 Privacy Issues to Watch in 2014

2014 promises further legislative, regulatory and judicial attention to a number of high-profile privacy issues. This article examines 10 privacy issues and trends likely to receive attention in the coming year, including the...more

Six Regional Drone Research Test Sites Chosen

The integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – popularly known as “drones” – into the national airspace took a major step forward last week with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) selection of six regional...more

Living In A State Of De-Nile: Are Commercial Drones Viable?

Soon, the days of having to wait for your online purchase to arrive may be a thing of the past. Nile, giant online retailer of everything from books to breakfast cereal, announced that it intended to deploy a fleet of...more

Amazon innovation? Nay. Good, old-fashioned bamboozling

Does anyone else think Amazon’s Jeff Bezos utterly bamboozled Charlie Rose and the good folks over at 60 Minutes last Sunday night?...more

Week in Review - December 5, 2013

You may have thought you’d seen it all, but technology continues to change the world, the law, and the workplace. The headlines were abuzz this week with Amazon's announcement that it will soon be ready to use drones to...more

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s an Unmanned Aircraft System! States Grapple With Limits on Domestic Use of...

For the public, the term “drone” aircraft conjures images of half-size, remote-controlled and weaponized airplanes tracking down terrorists half-way around the globe. Little thought is given to the commercial use of drones in...more

FAA Issues Roadmap for Unmanned Aerial Systems

On November 7, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued long awaited plans for integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), also commonly...more

With a New FAA "Roadmap," Drones May Soon Land in Indian Country

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its first detailed plan for commercial use of drones in the United States. This could mean that relatively inexpensive aerial tools may become available in the...more

FAA "Roadmap" May Advance Opportunities for Aerial Journalism

Inexpensive aerial newsgathering may be inching closer to takeoff in a few years, with the federal government's release this week of its first detailed plan for commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States....more

Steve Fogle Speaks: Eyes in the Skies: The Law of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Although expanding in popularity and functionality, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as "drones," have been shrinking in both size and expense over the last several years. What once cost several thousands...more

Fiscal Fights in Congress Threaten to Ground Newsroom Plans for Drones

Commercial drones for news gathering may be grounded from takeoff, at least for a while, by fiscal dogfights and privacy concerns playing out this month in the U.S. Congress....more

September Fiscal Fights in Congress Threaten to Ground Tribal Plans for Drones

Domestic use of drones by Native American Indian tribal governments for resource management and public safety may be grounded before takeoff, at least for a while, by fiscal dogfights and privacy concerns that will play out...more

PETA Drones And The Star Wars Age Of Animal Rights Activism

There have been media reports recently that PETA plans to deploy aerial drones to monitor hunters and big farms for activity the organization considers questionable. The drones will be operated via remote control and armed...more

Capital Thinking Update - March 11, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget, Appropriations and Sequestration - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

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