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October 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA, and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s and CBP’s comprehensive reviews of their regulations, Congress’ FAA reauthorization extension legislation, the FAA’s adoption of new Stage 5...more

Can Your Business Fly Under The Radar?

by Roetzel & Andress on

The past few years have seen the utilization of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or “drones”) expand from military to recreational, and now to commercial use. What once was top-secret military technology can now deliver a...more

DOT Seeks Ideas for Reducing the Burden of Transportation Regulations

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Department of Transportation ("DOT") announced this week that it is seeking public comment "on existing rules and other agency actions that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension, or modification" as...more

Drone Industry Grows, the Fight for Control of the Sky Builds

It’s now considered ‘cool’ to fly a drone whether you are doing it for your business or as a hobbyist in your own backyard. When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the final rules for small unmanned aerial...more

Congress Approves FAA Extension to March 31, 2018

When we previously wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, there was a deadline set at the end of September. Just before the deadline, Congress approved a six-month extension of Federal Aviation...more

The Continued Growth of Drones in the Energy Sector

by Blank Rome LLP on

The energy industry continues to see a marked growth in the use of drones as they provide cost efficient and time-saving services. For example, drones are being utilized as a tool to accurately inspect oil and gas pipelines,...more

Lawmakers Approve a Six-Month Extension of FAA Authorization

by Baker Donelson on

On September 28, Congress approved a six-month extension to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization, heading off a partial shutdown of the FAA. Expect negotiations over House Transportation and Infrastructure...more

What State And Local Laws Will Fly When It Comes To Drones?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Drone laws today are confusing. Looking around the country we see that many states and cities have passed their own laws and regulations to ban or restrict the use of drones. For example, in Texas, Texas Government Code...more

Selling Unmanned Systems Products and Services to the Government

by Williams Mullen on

The government’s role with respect to the non-military use of unmanned systems (air, ground and maritime) primarily has been that of a regulator. However, the use of unmanned aircraft systems by federal, state and local...more

CHIP Reauthorization Legislation and Medicare-Medicaid Extender Provisions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In this memorandum, Holland & Knight's Healthcare & Life Sciences Team summarizes recent legislative action on funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy...more

FAA restricts drone operations near ten US landmarks

by DLA Piper on

For the first time, the FAA will restrict UAS flights near ten US Department of Interior (DOI) landmarks. These landmarks are the latest locations added to the FAA's UAS no-fly zones, which include other security sensitive...more

[Webinar] FAA Reorganization and Change: Everything Changing or Nothing Changing? - October 19th, 1:00pm ET

by LeClairRyan on

LeClairRyan is pleased to present our latest webinar in an effort to bring you up-to-date with the FAA’s latest changes as an extension of our annual Aviation Symposium....more

Air Supremacy: Court Finds that Federal Aviation Regulations Preempt City Drone Regulation

On September 21, 2017, the District of Massachusetts ruled that Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) preempt many of the restrictions that the City of Newton, Massachusetts, imposed on drones within its airspace. Although the...more

Federal Court Finds Local Drone Ordinance Preempted by Federal Law

by Stinson Leonard Street on

States and local governments may want to think twice before passing laws that ban or place limitations or conditions on the use of unmanned aircraft flights in the wake of a federal judge's ruling last week in Massachusetts. ...more

[Event] The 2018 Aviation Symposium "An Airplane Is Down . . . .!": First Responders, Family Assistance, Emergency Response and...

by LeClairRyan on

On August 27, 2017, Nimbus Airlines Flight 13, slid off the end of the runway after landing at Houston Intercontinental Airport. At the time, the airport and the city, including first responders were coping with the aftermath...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 28

by Clark Hill PLC on

White House to Request Emergency Supplemental Funding for Puerto Rico: The White House will submit an additional request to Congress in the next two to four weeks which is not expected to include any deficit restructuring...more

The Sky May Be the Limit: Local Drone Regulation and Federal Preemption

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Just over one year ago, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) promulgated regulations governing the commercial use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), weighing less...more

Singer v. Newton: Making Sense of Federal Preemption and Drone Regulation

Last week US District Judge William G. Young ruled in favor of Dr. Singer in Singer’s lawsuit against the city of Newton, MA (Newton) challenging portions of the city’s local unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drone)...more

Local Drone Law Struck Down by Federal Preemption

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Sept. 21, a federal court for the first time struck down local ordinance attempting to regulate the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) within its jurisdiction. The United States District Court for the...more

Airport Active Shooter Incident — What Can Happen in Just 15 Seconds, and What Business Needs to Know

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent active shooter incident at an international airport illustrates both how quickly an incident may be over, yet how ancillary impacts take much longer to resolve. While the shooter was apprehended in...more

The Future Commute: Ready for Crowded Skies?

Traffic and commute times are increasingly important to people when they consider where they want to live, work, and play. The millennial preference for walkable communities is rooted in a desire to avoid the isolation of...more

Federal court finds that federal law preempts local drone ordinance

by DLA Piper on

In what appears to be the first-ever ruling of its kind, a federal judge in Massachusetts has overturned portions of a local UAS ordinance on grounds that it was preempted by federal law. While the ruling provides some...more

The 2017 Hurricane Season Will Set Many Records – Including for Drone Use

by Locke Lord LLP on

In the wake of record damage by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and potentially additional hurricanes to come, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has begun to open up the skies to the use of drones. To that end,...more

Assessing Drone Industry Successes & Challenges as the FAA's Small Commercial Drone Rule Turns 1

The Federal Aviation Administration's ("FAA's") Part 107 rule for small commercial drone operation, effective as of August 2016, has now been up and running for over a year. In light of this milestone, the FAA recently took...more

Newton Defies the Laws of … the Federal Aviation Administration, and Finds its Efforts to Regulate Drone Operations Preempted by...

by Locke Lord LLP on

In Singer v. City of Newton, Case No. 1:17-CV-10071-WGY, a first of its kind decision, the United States District Court for the District Court of Massachusetts has found that portions of a local ordinance regulating the...more

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