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February 2017 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 final approval of antitrust immunity for Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico, DOT’s proceeding to reallocate some of Delta/Aeromexico’s Mexico City and...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017

Los Angeles, Seattle Top List of Best Markets for Multifamily Investment - Marcus & Millichap's 2017 National Multifamily Index (NMI) ranks Los Angeles and Seattle first and second, respectively, among 46 major domestic...more

The Story Behind the Swarming Drones at Super Bowl LI

If you were one of the 111 million viewers to watch Super Bowl LI, you may have seen the half-time show which featured not only a performance by Lady Gaga, but over 300 swarming drones performing an intricate light show....more

Ag and drones – What do you need to know?

If you were among the millions who watched the “Big Game,” you likely saw Intel’s brilliant display of synchronized drones during Lady GaGa’s halftime show. While these were purely for entertainment, early adopters of...more

Return of the DAC — Drone Advisory Committee Holds Second Meeting

Last month marked the second meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). The meeting was held in Reno, Nevada and offered DAC members their first substantive opportunity to address a...more

How President Trump’s Anti-Regulation Policy Could Undermine Aviation Industry Interests

For eight years, the Obama administration was proactive in adopting and enforcing a large volume of new “passenger protections” regulations affecting many aspects of airline services, including fare disclosures, the display...more

UAS integration moves forward at second advisory meeting

On January 31, 2017, the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) – a multi-stakeholder advisory group to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – met in Reno, Nevada to discuss the critical issues affecting the integration...more

Orlando Issues New Drone Ordinance to ‘Balance the Need to Protect the Privacy of its Citizens’

The city of Orlando, Florida recently issued a new drone ordinance aiming to “promote hobbyists and commercial use of unmanned aircraft” while “balancing the paramount need to protect the well-being, tranquility and privacy...more

Blog: Houston is a “No Drone Zone” for Super Bowl LI

As has been the case the last several years, the FAA has announced that flights by drones will again be prohibited in a wide area around NRG Stadium in Houston, the site of Super Bowl LI on February 5. The “no drone zone”...more

FAA $200K settlement with UAS operator: before you take flight, do you know the rules?

A recent settlement announced by the Federal Aviation Administration of a series of enforcement cases it brought against a commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operator demonstrates the importance of knowing and understanding...more

Washington Supreme Court Rejects Implied Federal Field Preemption of Aviation Product Liability Claim

In a unanimous decision, the Washington Supreme Court held that implied field preemption under federal law does not bar state-law product liability claims. The decision in Estate of Becker v. Avco Corporation (Jan. 26, 2017),...more

What Did They Say About Cybersecurity in 2016? 8 Proclamations from Regulators and the Courts

There is no such thing as compliance with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (FTC). In September, the FTC dispelled a commonly held misconception regarding the NIST Framework: It “is not, and isn’t intended to be, a standard or...more

Drones and Environmental Monitoring

Aerial drones are emerging as an effective tool for environmental monitoring and enforcement because of their ability to reach areas that would be otherwise inaccessible or cost-prohibitive. However, the regulatory framework...more

Commercial Drone Pilot Alert: FAA Policy Changes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently made some Section 333 policy changes that may have slipped under some commercial pilots’ radars. Back in November, the FAA posted a document in the Federal Register that...more

AUVSI Remote Pilots Council Announced

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the formation of a Remote Pilots Council which aims to promote education and dialog between commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms False Claims Act Summary Judgment on Scienter Grounds

In United States ex rel. Smith v. The Boeing Co., 825 F.3d 1138 (10th Cir. 2016), the Tenth Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment on scienter grounds, finding that a difference of opinion as to two...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight - Vol. 1, No. 1

Welcome to our newest publication, The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight. Our goal is to deliver practical content to help you navigate the current challenges and latest developments in the insurance industry. This newsletter...more

Airspace Rights in Louisiana

The old Latin maxim, cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelom et ad inferos – “whoever’s is the soil, it is theirs all the way to Heaven and all the way to hell” – is today but a romanticized exaggeration. No longer does a...more

FAA Issued Notice Advising Public of RTCA Drone Advisory Committee Second Meeting for Jan 31

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a notice advising the public of the RTCA Drone Advisory Committee’s second public meeting, which is scheduled to take place on January 31, 2017 in Reno, Nevada. The FAA has...more

SkyPan and FAA Settle UAS Enforcement Cases

SkyPan International, Inc. (SkyPan), based in Chicago, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed upon a comprehensive settlement to resolve the enforcement cases where the FAA alleged that the SkyPan operated...more

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Begins Use of UAS for Dangerous, Hostile and Life-Saving Operations

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” LASD...more

FAA Updates the Public on Drones with “A Story of Revolution and Evolution”

At the CES Unmanned Systems conference in Las Vegas last week, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Michael Huerta, provided the public with an update on the state of our unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)...more

Update on the Drone Flights-Over-People Rule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to work on its proposed rule which would allow the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, over people, expected (hopefully) to be released before the end...more

Overview of Recent FAA Remarks on UAS/Drone Integration into the National Airspace

On January 6, 2017, Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) Administrator Michael Huerta, delivered a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a global consumer electronics and technology tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada,...more

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