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ATC Privatization: Bill Set to Union Calendar

by Lane Powell PC on

The 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act — H.R. 2997 — proposes to transfer operation of the U.S. air traffic control system (ATC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to a...more

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017 The Summer 2017 edition of Schnader’s Aviation Group newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant case and developments in aviation law, including: • Midair Collision Case...more

Government Agency Action Accelerates on Drone Operations

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report discusses FAA’s statement on the success of Part 107 (its regulations governing commercial uses of small drones), the status of drone-related rulemakings, DOD’s guidance on...more

Ready for Takeoff? How to Launch Your Commercial Drone

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

As recently highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, drones are playing a role in relief efforts for disasters like Hurricane Harvey. They have been used to assess property damage in hard-to-reach locations, search for missing...more

September 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 2017 U.S.-Cuba Frequency Allocation Proceeding, the FAA’s elimination of requirements to obtain Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM)...more

DOT Issues Its Latest Status Update on Significant Pending Aviation-Related Rulemakings

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued a Significant Rulemaking Report, the first such report released under the Trump administration, providing the status of various pending rulemaking initiatives. The...more

Civilian Drones Asked to Stay Out of the Sky During Hurricanes

For years, drones have been used to support recovery efforts in the aftermath of floods and other disasters, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is proving to be no different, and we suspect that the same will be true...more

Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Set to Expire September 30

by Baker Donelson on

At the end of the month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization is set to expire. If not reauthorized, authority to fund the FAA and the nation's airway system will cease. As has been previously reported, in...more

Congressional Preview - Fall 2017

Summer isn’t quite over yet, but the August recess is coming to an end and Congress returns next week to resume work on a number of outstanding issues, as the Trump Administration continues to aggressively implement the...more

Infrastructure Insights: Issue #7

Deadline Looms for FAA Reauthorization - Both the Senate and the House pushed taking action on their conflicting Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bills until after lawmakers returned from Labor Day, leaving...more

Drones, Hurricane Harvey, And Other Natural Disasters

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

While drones have been used to capture breathtaking and heartbreaking images of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, the FAA has issued a warning to drone operators. The FAA has issued reminders that unless drone operators...more

UAS Components of FAA Reauthorization Bills Stalled

We recently wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bills that would allow funding to the FAA to continue beyond Fall 2017. Now, it is likely that as Congressional leaders seem unlikely to reach...more

Protesting FAA Awards: Understanding the Nuances

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Nearly every federal agency is required to follow the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”). However, one exception is the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), which is not required to comply with the FAR but rather has...more

"It's Not Old, It's A Classic!": Risk in Aging Aircraft with GARA Protecting Manufacturers

The General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 (“GARA”) was a byproduct of aging aircraft, rising costs, and tort liability in the United States. Congress was concerned that aircraft manufacturers were being devastated by...more

Brexit Poses Issues For Airports, Airlines

The United Kingdom’s split from the European Union could leave the nation and United States without a trade agreement to manage the aviation industry. The aviation industry currently operates between the two nations under the...more

What an FAA Extension Could Mean for the Drone Industry

In late June, both chambers of Congress introduced their own versions of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill. With Congress in recess for the remainder of August and the current FAA extension expiring...more

DC Circuit — FAA Must Provide Reasoned Basis for Accepting That

by Lane Powell PC on

Does the ever-decreasing size of airline seating make you fed up? It certainly seems to do so to Judge Millet, who penned this opening paragraph in Flyers Rights Education Fund v. F.A.A., – F.3d – (2017 WL 3202638) (D.C. Cir....more

All You Need to Know About Flying Your Drone During the Solar Eclipse

Next week, on August 21, a solar eclipse (or the alignment of the sun, moon and earth) will take place for the first time in 38 years. The last time this cosmic event occurred, there were no battery-powered...more

Still “Up in the Air”: More Drones and More Regulations

In a previous post, we wrote about drones (which are more formally referred to as “unmanned aircraft systems” or UAS), as well as the nascent federal and state statutory and regulatory. Since our last article, drone use –...more

Citizenship of Aircraft Owner Trustee Establishes Federal Court Diversity Jurisdiction

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Southern District of New York has confirmed that when the trustee of a non-citizen aircraft trust brings suit in its own name, the citizenship of that trustee may be used to establish diversity jurisdiction in federal...more

New FAA Waiver Issued to CNN Will Help Expand Commercial Drone Operations Over People

by Hogan Lovells on

Drones are the future of transportation and information technology. Recent innovations have transformed what used to be considered toys into powerful tools that provide substantial safety and efficiency benefits to commercial...more

North Carolina Introduces New Drone Bills

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, signed two bills this week to regulate the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones). First, House Bill 337 revises existing state drone law to make that existing state drone law...more

Part 107 Waivers: Does Your Waiver Stand a Chance?

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 waiver process for the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) in certain restricted airspace or beyond the limitations of the Part 107 UAS regulations, was...more

FAA Reauthorization Bill: What does it mean for the UAS legal landscape?

In the last few weeks, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bills have made their way around both houses of Congress, which will allow funding to the FAA to continue beyond Fall 2017....more

Meeting on Capitol Hill Provokes More Discussion on Expanding Drone Operations in our National Airspace

In Washington, D.C. last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Unmanned Systems Caucus and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) held a briefing for congressional staff on technologies that...more

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