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Super Bowl Sunday: No drone zone

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a youtube video on Wednesday letting drone operators know that the air above Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco is off limits on Super Bowl Sunday. Labeled a “No Drone Zone,”...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - February 2016

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes the recently signed U.S.-Mexico bilateral agreement that liberalizes air services between the two countries, new Cuba-related regulations loosening...more

When Accidents are Deliberate

2015 was among the safest years in history for airline passengers. Globally, the industry experienced 1 crash for every 5 million flights. This is the lowest it has been in 70 years. While the decreased fatality rate is...more

Is point-of-sale drone registration next? Retailers say no way

In the first 30-days of drone registration, nearly 300,000 owners have registered their drones. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small drone user registration has sparked much debate, and now, the FAA is...more

Twitter, the Drone Selfie and Charting a Course for New Technology

A recently published patent application filed by Twitter provides a possible glimpse into the future of social media and selfies—and it’s a future arriving on the wings of that poster child of modern technology, the unmanned...more

Keeping an Eye on "Pervasive Regulation" in Aviation and its Effect on Implied Federal Preemption

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit issued another opinion regarding the scope of federal preemption in the context of federal aviation regulations. In National Federation of the Blind v. United Airlines Inc. (No....more

Environmental Policy Quarterly

Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources Practice Group and the Public Policy and Law Practice Group of K&L Gates. This...more

OSHA and FAA Sign Agreement on Protecting Airline Workers from Retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently completed a Memorandum of Understanding (December 1, 2015), which will permit the sharing of information under...more

FAA Releases Interim Rule for Drone Registration

Owners of many small unmanned aerial systems (“sUAS” or “drones”) and model airplanes will have to register them with the government. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the requirement in an interim final rule on...more

Federal Aviation Administration Proposes New Stage 5 Aircraft Noise Standards

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing new “Stage 5” aircraft noise standards for certain subsonic jet airplanes and subsonic transport category large airplanes. Such standards would reduce the noise produced...more

Developments in Employee Benefits Law: Same-Sex Marriage and Title VII’s Protection for LGBT Employees

A number of recent legal changes will have a notable impact on employee benefits law both now and in the future. Some of the most significant of those changes are the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision in...more

Top Ten Stories in California Construction for 2015

Cranes, cement trucks, and street closures seem to be everywhere these days, especially in city centers such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. After the meltdown of 2006, real estate development went into hibernation for...more

Fact sheet issued by FAA on state and local drone laws

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new fact sheet outlining state and local regulations related to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (better known as drones). The FAA said in its fact...more

FAA Announces Drone Registration Rule

On December 14, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) introduced a new web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (“UAS”), also known as “drones.” The new registration process...more

FAA Updates Guidance on Obstruction Lighting

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released new guidance on obstructions, updating builders and developers on the requirements for marking and lighting any structure that may impact the National Airspace System (NAS),...more

FAA Announces Drone Registration, but Legal Challenges Loom

[Note: In light of the FAA’s announcement of the drone registry, we’ve revisited our recent analysis of its authority to require registration.] On December 14, 2015, the FAA issued the much-anticipated “Registration and...more

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

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes looming revisions to the Visa Waiver Program, DOT’s plans for an additional round of new regulations on disabled passenger-related issues, the FAA’s new...more

Drones: Maximizing Efficiency And Productivity With a Dash Of Big Brother Thrown In

The expanding use of drones, officially referred to as “unmanned aerial systems,” promises to revolutionize the construction industry. Drones have the potential to allow contractors to efficiently and economically inspect...more

FAA releases guidance to states on drone laws

The FAA has just released a 7 page document entitled the State and Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Fact Sheet. In it, the FAA presents a very clear and concise explanation of what the national airspace...more

Some New Red Tape for Drones

On December 14, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced new federal rules that will require all present and future operators of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to register their drones beginning December...more

U.S. Issues Unmanned Aircraft Fact Sheet for State, Local Regulators

While Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly—if inaccurately—known as drones, continue to fly near the edges of federal preemption, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to provide guidance for this...more

Issues Arising from Drones on College Campuses: Are You Prepared?

Action Item: Colleges and universities must give careful consideration as to how drones are being used, regulated, and/or restricted, so as not to run afoul of federal, state, and local laws and regulations. In addition,...more

Do The FAA’s New Drone Registration Regulations Apply to You?

On December 14, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its interim final rule (IFR) governing the registration of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), or drones, which becomes effective next Monday -...more

Drone on Drones: Operators Are Pilots Required to Register

New regulations unveiled this week will require all operators of small drones (weighing between .55 and 55 pounds) to register their names and addresses with the FAA. The government will issue registration numbers that will...more

That Drone in Your Holiday Stocking Must Now Be Registered With the FAA

Fearing for public safety over the explosion of hobby-type drones taking to the air, on December 14, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the first rule of its kind directed squarely to owners and operators...more

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