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I Can Fly it For Fun–Why Not For Profit? Proposed FAA Rules For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Every week, it seems you hear another business is using unmanned aerial vehicles. So why are you, or your company, still grounded? That could change soon....more

Presidential Memorandum Outlines Privacy Guidelines For Domestic Federal Use Of Drones

In a recently issued Presidential Memorandum, President Obama included privacy guidelines for the federal government’s use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) in the United States. Issued on February 15, 2015, and...more

Energy Companies’ Interest in Drones Gains Momentum as FAA Reacts to Comments on Proposed Small UAS Rules

On March 24, 2015, NextEra Energy became the latest energy company granted a Section 333 Exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration. NextEra Energy, whose subsidiaries Florida Power & Light and NextEra Energy Resources...more

Amazon Prime Air closer to takeoff: FAA grants Internet giant's request for drone ‘exemption’ and experimental certificate

In a March 13, 2015 letter, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) granted an affiliate of retail giant Amazon.com, Amazon Logistics, Inc., an exemption from certain flight rules so it can test new unmanned aircraft...more

Drone on Drones: The Uncertain Line Between Commercial and Noncommercial Use

Under the FAA’s current framework, noncommercial uses of drones by hobbyists are not regulated outside of general safety restrictions. A drone hobbyist can use his or her craft as he or she wishes, so long as the drone is...more

Energy and Infrastructure Companies Aren’t Waiting for the FAA’s New Drone Rules

With a little over one month to go in the comment period on the FAA’s proposed rules for the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and facing the prospect of at least another year before those rules...more

White House Memo Will Impact How Federal Contractors Can Use Drones

There has been a great deal written about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) recent release of proposed regulations concerning the commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – or drones. Much of what has...more

Similar But Different: FAA Size Protest Challenges

Most small business contractors are familiar with the notion that the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has exclusive jurisdiction over all size protests. ...more

Winds Of Change: A Flurry Of UAS Regulatory Proposals

On February 15, 2015, during a hastily organized press conference, the FAA announced its proposed rules for domestic UAS. But that wasn't the only UAS news coming out of the administration that weekend. ...more

Drone Use “Takes Off” as Legal Consequences Remain Uncertain

Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), have received extensive media coverage over the past few years. Whether the discussions about drones are related to the unmanned...more

Higher Ed Legal Update, March 2015

Colleges and universities across America have recognized that unmanned aerial vehicles (UASs) – also known as drones -- have broad academic applications. Indeed, the Federal Aviation Administration reports that of the 900...more

NTIA Kicks Off Drone Privacy Best Practice Process

Federal efforts to formulate a series of rules governing the commercial use of drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), took another step forward on March 5, 2015, when the National Telecommunications and Information...more

Lift Off for Commercial Drone Regulations

Drones are everywhere. Technological innovations have created countless commercial opportunities for drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Until recently, however, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA)...more

Opportunity for Utility and Energy Companies to Comment on Proposed UAV Rules

Reactions to the FAA’s proposed rules for the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems have been mixed since their release on February 15, 2015. Some stakeholders have lauded the FAA’s action as a...more

FAA to Begin Integrating Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace

The FAA’s draft rule opens up the possibility of using so-called small “commercial drones” in the National Airspace, thus encouraging the emerging UAS industry. Introduction - Since 2007, Congress has been calling...more

Small UAS comment countdown begins: FAA publishes notice of proposed rulemaking

On February 23, the Federal Aviation Administration’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operation was published in the Federal Register. The proposed rule, titled "Operation and...more

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

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an overview of the FAA’s long-awaited proposed rule on small unmanned aircraft commercial operations, the White House’s statement on privacy issues...more

FAA Proposes Generally Favorable Rules for Unmanned Aircraft; Seeks Comment on Need for Flexibility and MicroUAS Rules

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for small unmanned aircraft weighing up to 55 lbs. The proposed rule would create a new Part 107...more

FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Commercial Drones; White House Launches Drone Privacy Policy

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration published its highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (applicable to UAS weighing...more

The Small Drones Rule: FAA Takes a Step in the Right Direction

Over the weekend of Feb. 14, the FAA issued a much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—i.e., drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The oft-delayed NPRM comes three years...more

Drone on Drones: FAA’s Proposed Rules Would Allow for Expanded Use

The FAA unveiled its proposed rules for unmanned aerial vehicles earlier this week, beginning a process that could eventually allow for thousands of businesses to fly drones. At the same time, the White House issued a...more

Cleared for Takeoff? Feds Release Proposed Regulations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On February 15, 2015, the federal government unveiled two key documents concerning the future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—sometimes referred to as “drones”—in the United States. The FAA released a highly anticipated...more

FAA Unveils Proposal for Regulating Commercial Drones

On February 15, the FAA released its long-awaited proposed framework for regulating small-scale commercial drones. The proposed rules, which the FAA calls a “framework of regulations” include the following relevant...more

FAA Takes One Small Step Toward Legalizing Commercial Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a.k.a Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has long been studying the promise and perils of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), a.k.a drones. The commercial potential of UAS technology is clear. Businesses are eager to...more

Drone Propellers Aren't the Only Things Buzzing as the FAA Releases Proposed Regulations for the Commercial Operation of Unmanned...

In a surprise move during Presidents’ Day weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration released long-awaited proposed regulations for the commercial operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The draft regulations prompted a...more

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