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NASA Announces Beyond Visual-Line-of-Sight UAS Test Flights

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS; commonly known as drones) this month beyond visual line-of-sight of their operators to test planning, tracking and alerting...more

The FAA’s New Drone Regulations

The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or, colloquially, drones) is becoming more prolific. In the oil and gas context, drones can play a key role in conducting risky oilfield operations. The uses for drones in the...more

Hot Pocket: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Highlights Risk of Lithium Batteries During Air Transportation

Air transportation of lithium ion batteries recently garnered significant attention due to events following reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s batteries overheating, catching fire, and even exploding. See Samsung Recalls...more

New Turbulence App May Prevent In-Flight Injuries

US aircraft experience 65,000 incidences of moderate to severe turbulence each year. Turbulence-related injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to fractures, broken bones, and serious spinal and head injuries. A flight...more

Developments in aircraft and marine finance for 2016

As is the case with other transportation assets, the legal considerations for aircraft and vessel finance providers (FPs) include an amalgam of state, federal and international laws. Summarized below are some of the more...more

Newsgathering Drones Take Flight

The era of newsgathering drones is upon us. Since new Federal Aviation Administration rules allowing limited commercial operation of drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or UAS) weighing 55 lbs. or less took...more

Amazon and Google Push for Drone Delivery Services to Take Flight

In light of the FAA’s new rule (or Part 107) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry has eagerly pushed the U.S. government to initiate testing of drone delivery systems....more

New FAA Statutes and Rules for Commercial Drone Operations Will Benefit Utilities

The new Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rules (or Part 107) governing the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (also known as drones or sUAS) took effect on August 29, 2016. The utility and energy...more

Ninth Circuit Issues “Antitrust Primer for Aftermarket Issues” in Aerotec

In a precedent-setting opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Aerotec International, Inc. v. Honeywell International, Inc., No. 14-15562, 2016 WL 4709868 (9th Cir. Sept. 9, 2016), affirmed the summary...more

New FAA Statutes and Rules for Commercial Drone Operations will Benefit Utilities

New FAA rules broadly authorizing commercial drone operations are now in effect and the utility sector stands to benefit significantly. The new rules provide utilities the opportunity to utilize drones to reduce costs and...more

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

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s selection of carriers to operate U.S.-Havana and U.S.-Tokyo (Haneda) air services, the FAA’s implementation of its small unmanned aircraft...more

Integrating Drones into Your Business

Drones are becoming increasingly important for business of all types and sizes. There are already many applications of drones for businesses, but many more will certainly arise over the next few years....more

Drone Laws and Privacy in Canada

‘Drones’ were first known by the military as unmanned aerial vehicles, and later by the International Civil Aviation Organization as remotely piloted aircraft systems. Drones come in various shapes and sizes and can be...more

FAA Issues Supplemental Rulemaking on Safety Management Systems

Seyfarth Synopsis: The FAA has gotten closer to a conceptual model for the safety management system requirements and standards that will be required for certified airports. At the World Safety Organization International...more

New FAA Rules on Commercial Drone Use: Insurance Considerations

New rules promulgated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) went into effect on August 29, 2016, clarifying what is acceptable commercial usage of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones....more

Mainbrace: September 2016 (No. 4)

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone. The kids are back in school, the commuter trains are a bit more crowded, and everyone is back from their holidays, hopefully refreshed and ready to get back down to...more

Privacy Implications of the Federal Aviation Administration’s New Drone Rule

A new era in the field of aviation began on August 29, 2016, when the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) long-awaited commercial drone rule went into effect. The new rule, formally known as Part 107, broadly authorizes...more

U.S. Clears Drones for Takeoff, Canadian Regulations Delayed Until 2017

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “drones”, are increasing in popularity with recreational and commercial users. Several high-profile incidents, which saw UAVs come into close proximity with commercial...more

Using Drones for a Bird’s Eye View of Wildlife

Project applicants and permitting and funding agencies often gather extensive scientific data to support project evaluations under environmental laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species...more

Release the Drones: New Small UAS Regulations Now in Effect in the U.S.

Commercial uses for drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), abound. From handling dangerous inspections to collecting soil and crop data for use in precision agriculture, drones can be extraordinarily helpful....more

Armed Drone Export Control Update - United States Proposes Joint Declaration on Export and Use

Following the Federal Aviation Administration’s rollout of final regulations governing the use of certain commercial drones in the National Airspace, Defense News reports that the United States has taken steps to facilitate...more

From Section 333 Exemptions to Part 107 – The Smooth Transition

The FAA’s new rule (or Part 107) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (also known as sUAS or drones) took effect on Monday, August 29, 2016. Existing Section 333 Exemption holders may choose to continue operating under the...more

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane . . . No, It’s a Drone. Long Awaited FAA Drone Regulations Finally Take Flight

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a drone. Also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or unmanned aircraft (UA). And, technically, they’ve been around a long time, since at least 1849 when the...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - August, 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: FAA's new drone laws go into effect Monday, allowing US companies to innovate - The regulatory scheme around civilian drones is still taking shape, but the...more

Final Drone Rule and Potential Privacy Implications For Operators

Well, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 commercial drone regulations are in full swing this week and without the inclusion of specific privacy standards, there are still concerns about privacy-related drone...more

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