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UAS hearing yields details on systems research and development, but no timeline for small UAS rule

A House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on January 21 featured wide-ranging discussions of developing unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS,” sometimes called “unmanned aerial vehicles,” or “drones”), but no...more

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

Highlights of this edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update include the FAA’s recent rulemakings involving New York area airport slots and safety management systems for U.S. Part 121 air carriers, developments...more

More boots on the ground: FAA provides law enforcement guidance for suspected unauthorized UAS operation

There could soon be a lot more boots on the ground and eyes on the sky watching for dangerous or unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or “drones”). On January 8, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)...more

FAA Ramps Up Drone Ban Enforcement by Enlisting State/Local Police Assistance - FAA Guidance Document Identifies Specific Actions...

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued new written guidance that enlists police departments to help enforce the government's ban on the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS) in the national air space....more

Drone on Drones: Drone Zones

The policy debate over domestic use of drones is ongoing, and legal issues surrounding privacy are still being worked out. As 2015 begins, however, it seems appropriate to look forward to where drones may be going in the near...more

The Coming of the Drones

Amazon isn’t the Only Business That Would Love to Get its Hands on “Octocopter” - Don’t look now—hobbyists may already be flying drones in the skies near you, and commercial uses are emerging. The New York Times...more

On the Eleventh Day of Privacy, the Drones Brought to Me…..

..new insurance coverage endorsements - A few days ago, media outlets released a video of a kangaroo knocking a drone out of the sky. Apparently, this “privacy loving” kangaroo was less than pleased with the...more

'Tis the season: FAA launches safety campaign for unmanned aircraft

In a December 22, 2014, teleconference, representatives from three private unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) organizations, along with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, announced a new small...more

Flash No. 44 - 2014 … A Year In Review

2014 was uncomfortably fast. When did you last write 2013 on a check or a letter by mistake? If you did, rest assured that you are not alone. So, while we still have a few weeks before we have to face the start of a new year...more

Aviation & Aerospace and Surface Transportation Quarterly Newsletter

In This Issue: - Update on Developments in California Drone Law - One Community Gets Relief from Aircraft Noise - California Once Again Relinquishes Clean Air Act Enforcement Responsibility to the...more

The FAA Grants Drone Operators Five Regulatory Exemptions

On December 10, the FAA announced that it had granted a total of five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones, to four companies that want to fly drones for aerial surveying,...more

FAA Denies EPIC Petition Requesting Public Rulemaking To Address Privacy Concerns Posed By Drones; Cites Ongoing Rulemaking...

The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has denied a petition submitted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) to initiate a public rulemaking to address the “threat to privacy and civil liberties that will...more

An Update on FAA Regulatory Revisions, DOT and FAA Enforcement Actions, and Other Aviation-Related Regulatory Matters

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update provides an overview of recent FAA regulatory initiatives involving crew pairing, alcohol and drug testing rates, the use of aviation fuel taxes by airports and...more

Drone on Drones: FAA Issues Commercial Drone Permits to Additional Companies

In the face of increasing public and congressional pressure to speed up access to domestic skies for commercial drone use, the FAA granted four companies permission to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site...more

House Subcommittee Pushes FAA for Faster Progress on UAS Integration - Proposed Small UAS Rule Expected Before the End of 2014,...

On Dec. 10, members of Congress in a hearing pushed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to quicken the pace of efforts to safely integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, into the national...more

With Updated FAA Drone Regulations Imminent, California Legislature Introduces Three New Drone Bills

As discussed in a recent NPR report, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is planning to release proposed new drone operation regulations by the end of this month. Safety is a major FAA concern, with the agency...more

Drone on Drones: White House Review of Proposals Will Affect Drone Regulations

The White House currently is reviewing a series of policy proposals related to the integration of drones into domestic airspace that may affect local governments and their ability to regulate. Both the FAA’s proposed rules...more

Implications of the NTSB’s Decision That Drones are Aircraft

The NTSB issued a decision on November 17, holding that drones are aircraft and subject to the code of federal regulations that govern aircraft. In Michael P. Huerta, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration v. Raphael...more

NTSB Overturns Administrative Law Judge Decision and Holds That Federal Aviation Regulation 91.13 (Careless or Reckless Operation)...

The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) is feverishly working on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) governing commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which it intends to have ready by the end of 2014. Details...more

NTSB Ruling: FAA Regulations Enforceable Against Drones

In the ever shifting landscape of drone law, there has been another seismic shift. In a November 18, 2014 ruling, the NTSB held that the FAA does have the authority to enforce its regulations against certain model aircraft...more

Transportation Policy In The 114th Congress

After their overwhelming success in the 2014 mid-term elections, Republicans are preparing to assume their new majority in the Senate, while their House colleagues have secured an expanded majority that exceeds their World...more

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

A Pilot’s Guide to FAA Enforcement Actions

A Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) enforcement action, which might be compared to a traffic ticket on the ground, can have grave consequences for a pilot. These include fines and suspension or revocation of the pilot’s...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

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