Drones

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Huerta v. Pirker: NTSB Rules that UAS Are “Aircraft” and Subject to FAA Prohibition on Careless and Reckless Operations

On November 18, 2014, in a unanimous decision, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are: “aircraft” within the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) statutory and...more

Huerta v. Pirker—NTSB Says No More “Gray Area” for Drone Operations

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated within an uncertain legal framework while players across a rapidly growing range of commercial industries — from energy to rail transport to forestry to all types of...more

NTSB Finds That Drones Are “Aircraft” Under Federal Law

Order reverses an earlier ruling by an Administrative Law Judge in a closely watched case that challenged the FAA’s authority to regulate drones - On November 18, 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)...more

Alert: NTSB Determines Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Are Within the FAA'S Jurisdiction

The National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") today issued a decision affirming the jurisdiction of the FAA to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles. The NTSB found that the statutory definition of an "aircraft" included in...more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Are 'Aircraft' Once Again

On November 17, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reversed an administrative law judge’s decision that had called into question the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) authority to regulate Unmanned Aircraft...more

NTSB Says Drones Subject to Federal Aviation Regulations - The Ruling Calls Attention to the Need for New, Sensible Regulations...

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has overturned an administrative ruling in favor of an aerial photographer, upholding the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) determination that unmanned aerial systems...more

Drone on Drones: “Amazon Air” Testing Takes Off in the U.K.

Last year, Amazon raised eyebrows in a now-famous announcement that it was considering launching a same-day delivery service for certain products through the air, using quadcopter drones. At the time, many in the tech and...more

Top 5 Internet of Things giveaways from the Web Summit

As previously mentioned, I attended this week the Web Summit in Dublin focusing in particular to the section dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) from which I was able to gain very interesting insights on legal issues...more

Drone on Drones: Supply Drones Could Simplify The Fight Against Ebola

As the Ebola crisis decimates Africa, treatment and containment has become as much a problem of logistics as an issue of healthcare. The most heavily affected region has a shortage of trucks, impassable roadways and supply...more

What’s The Buzz Over Drones?

Technology has rendered irrelevant the longstanding debate over whether good fences make good neighbors. Authorities in New Jersey recently arrested a man after he shot down a neighbor’s drone that was flying above his...more

One Code to Rule Them All: Dronecode

Drones have just found their new best friends: coders. On Oct. 13, the Linux Foundation unveiled a nonprofit organization called the Dronecode Project, an open-source development initiative uniting thousands of coders for the...more

Drone on Drones: Tracking the Spread of Malaria from the Sky

As the use of unmanned aerial vehicles becomes increasingly mainstream, innovative uses of drones are springing up across sectors and continents. Researchers on the island of Borneo are using a small fixed-wing drone to track...more

An Update on DOT’s Passenger Protection Rulemaking #3, NextGen, Ebola, Drones, Enforcement Actions, Security Fees and Other...

Department of Transportation: Regulatory - Comments Filed on DOT’s Passenger Protection #3 Rulemaking: U.S. and foreign airlines, airline associations, airports, consumer groups, on-line travel agencies,...more

Drones: Why You Should Start Thinking Now About the Anticipated UAS Regulations

With drone technology rapidly advancing and the FAA recently starting to open the door to commercial drone use, companies across industries should begin evaluating how drones can add value to their businesses, if they have...more

FAA Clears the Drone Runway for Hollywood; California Governor Grounds AB-1327

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on September 25, 2014, that it approved exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems - or drones, as they are otherwise...more

Drone on Drones: FAA Authorizes Drone Use Over Some Hollywood Sets

The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved the requests of six movie and TV production companies to use drones for filming on certain sets. This decision marks the first time the FAA has permitted commercial drone...more

FAA Allows First Commercial Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Continental United States

On September 25, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the requests of six video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in their businesses. The six companies were among the first to...more

Drone on Drones: Gov. Brown Vetoes AB 1327, Protecting Police Use of Drones

Amid controversy over the bill and its potential consequences, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 1327 this Sunday. The bill would have required law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using a drone to gather criminal...more

Drones: The FAA Grants Hollywood the First Regulatory Exemptions Permitting the Commercial Use of UAS

Yesterday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted six aerial photo and video companies exemptions from FAA regulations that—before now—wholesale banned the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial...more

Hollywood Leads The Way On Drone Use

The Federal Aviation Administration recently granted six aerial photo and video companies exemptions from FAA regulations that — before now — wholesale banned the use of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes in...more

It’s a Bird…it’s a Plane…it’s a Drone; FAA Approves Limited Use of Drones as Camera Platforms for Film and TV Production

Unmanned aerial cameras have been legal in other parts of the world but prohibited for commercial use in the United States until last week, with the limited exception of two commercial-drone operations, which the FAA had...more

FAA Grants Exemptions and Releases Guidance for Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On September 25, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved six exemption requests for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for television and movie filmmaking under strict conditions....more

Alert: FAA to Allow Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Film Industry

On September 25, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") granted six movie companies exemptions to use small unmanned aerial vehicles ("sUAVs") or "drones" for closed set filming and movie production. Cooley...more

Drone on Drones: The (Dated) Law of the Skies

In the 1980s, the Supreme Court issued two decisions that remain the prevailing authority on law enforcement’s practice of warrantless, aerial surveillance. In California v. Ciraolo, the Court held that a police officer...more

Drones and Commercial Real Estate - The Wait Continues

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been playing catch-up with the developers and manufacturers of "drones," a term those in the media have grown fond of using, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/unmanned aerial...more

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