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Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 14

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House Budget Writers Reach Tentative Agreement: The House Budget Committee is planning to unveil a long-awaited budget resolution next week calling for a spending boost to the Pentagon alongside cuts to domestic programs,...more

New Statistics Predict Drone Production Will Soar to $73.5 Billion Over Next 10 Years

According to recent studies and statistics, unmanned aerial systems (or drones) promise to have the most dynamic growth of any sector in the aerospace industry. With the ease of airspace regulations and operational...more

Trump Administration Discusses The Future Of Drones

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With the Trump Administration’s focus on jobs and building the economy, it makes perfect sense that it would explore opportunities in one of the fastest growing industries right now: drones. In what may be the first direct...more

Environmental Case Law Update – 1st Six Months of 2017

On March 21, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. This case concerns the operation and application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA). ...more

ATC Privatization: What’s Drones Got to Do With It?

The Trump Administration has proposed that Air Traffic Control (“ATC”) functions be shifted away from the FAA to a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, arguing that the move would allow for increased efficiency...more

The State of the Drones: Unclear Laws and Anti-Drone Technology

Over the past decade, since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first permitted the use of drones for commercial and hobbyist purposes, after the 2012 directive of Congress for the FAA to come up with a “comprehensive...more

NJ Law Restricting Drones will have to be Rewritten

The town of Garfield, New Jersey has introduced new regulations related to hobbyist drone operation—or better yet, the non-operation of drones above residences other than your own, commercial zones, roadways, government or...more

Drone Federalism Act Does Not Solve Federal VS. State Authority

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The challenge presented by having federal, state and local authorities all attempting to regulate drones is a topic we have addressed on this blog and in other publications. Unfortunately, a solution to that challenge remains...more

Air Traffic Control Reform – Is It an Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come?

by Nossaman LLP on

President Trump kicked off “infrastructure week” on Monday, June 5th, by proposing to “corporatize” the U.S. air traffic control system, shifting about 35,000 workers, including unionized traffic controllers, technicians, and...more

US Drone Registry is Shot Down

by Field Law on

In response to the proliferation of recreational drones in American skies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced a rule known as the “Registration Rule” in 2015. The rule required drone owners to register...more

Senate Bill Provides Parity: Tribal Government Regulation of UAS on Tribal Lands

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on May 25, 2017, introduced the Drone Federalism Act of 2017 to allow any state, local or tribal government to protect...more

Drone Federalism Act, Seeking Regulation of Drones at the Local Level

The Drone Federalism Act of 2017, introduced by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Mike Lee, Richard Blumenthal, and Tom Cotton, seeks to “establish a process for federal, state, local and tribal governments to work together to...more

Time to Get Moving: Transportation and Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Opportunities

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will publish notices on June 8, 2017, soliciting public comments to help shape their regulatory reform efforts under Executive Order (EO) 13771,...more

Is FAA Drone Licensure a Thing of the Past or Just in a Holding Pattern?

by Wilson Elser on

On May 19, 2017, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the challenge by a drone user who claimed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) drone Registration Rule promulgated in December 2015 ran afoul...more

Collaboration, Harmony Key For International Drone Rules

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule, called Part 107, broadly authorized simple, visual line-of-sight operations with drones that weigh less than 55 pounds. Part 107 was considered by most to be...more

Air-Traffic Control Systems for Drones Tested in Nevada

As more drones take to the skies in Nevada, which is home to one of only six of the country’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) Designated Test Sites, officials are trying to figure out...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

by Jones Day on

New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Despite the headlines coming out of Washington, Congress continues to move forward in regular fashion, discussing and acting upon key issues, such as funding the government, addressing the need to raise the debt ceiling and...more

FAA Drone Registration Rule Doesn’t Apply to Model Aircraft

The D.C. Circuit ruled late last week that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Registration Rule does not apply to model aircraft. The court held that the FAA does not have authority to regulate model aircraft...more

100 Million Reasons For Open Source Compliance

CoKinetic Systems Corporation filed suit against Panasonic Avionics Corporation, seeking damages in excess of $100 million, in part, for violation of the GPL v2 open source license. CoKinetic alleged that Panasonic blocked...more

Appellate Court Vacates Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Rule Requiring Recreational Drone Owners to Register with the FAA

by Lane Powell PC on

On May 19, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Registration Rule as it pertains to model aircraft. The Panel’s opinion defined model aircraft as...more

The D.C. Court of Appeals Just Scrapped the Drone Registry and May Have Also Turned Homeowners Insurers into Aviation Insurers

Model-aircraft hobbyist John Taylor didn’t want to register his model aircraft with the FAA pursuant to the newly created drone registry. So he took on the FAA, challenging new regulations aimed at unmanned aircraft...more

“Statutory Interpretation Does Not Get Much Simpler”–the FAA’s Registration Rule Gets its Wings Clipped

On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in John Taylor v. Michael Huerta striking down the Federal Aviation Administration’s Registration Rule, which required the owners of small...more

D.C. Circuit Revokes Drone Registration Rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

On Friday, May 19, 2017, less than a month after the National Park Service’s first use of a drone in a Grand Canyon search and rescue mission, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a Federal Aviation...more

Model Aircraft Registration Rule Shot Down by DC Circuit

Last Friday, in Taylor v. Huerta, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a rule requiring individuals who fly small (weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds on takeoff) drones and other model aircraft for hobby or recreational...more

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