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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

Federal Judge Upholds FAA Subpoenas – Extinguishes Flamethrower Drone Operator’s Claim

A federal court upheld the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) subpoenas of a 19-year-old Connecticut drone operator in relation to YouTube videos showing two drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or UAS)...more

I-Spy in the Sky. Feds Enact Drone Regulations

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) enacted regulations for routine non-recreational use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems weighing less than 55 pounds or “drone” laws (Part 7 of Federal Aviation...more

Cleared for Takeoff – FAA Commercial Drone Rule In Effect and 600,000 Expected Flying This Year

The wait is over for businesses across the United States eager to fly small drones (also known as small unmanned aircraft systems or sUAS). The new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule regarding commercial operation of...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center Challenges FAA’s New Drone Rules Over Lack Of Privacy Safeguards

On Monday, August 22, the non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) brought suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), challenging the lack of...more

The Small Drone Rule –Part 107 –is Effective on August 29, 2016

Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (or the Small Drone Rule) applies to non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft (UAS) commercial operations of all drones under 55 lbs. The final rule will go into effect on August 29,...more

Drone Operations Near Wildfires Spark New Laws and Technological Advances

As wildfire season heats up in the Western United States, drone (also known as “unmanned aircraft systems” or “UAS”) operations near wildfires have spurred technological advances and prompted a series of state and federal...more

EPIC Challenges FAA’s Final Drone Rule for Lack of Privacy Protections

The Electronic Information Privacy Center (EPIC) filed a complaint against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week alleging that the final drone rule (Part 107) fails to include privacy regulations. EPIC claims...more

MCLE Self Study Article: Property Rights to the Periphery of the Universe or Only to the Rooftop?: The Effects of Drones on...

Imagine a peaceful summer afternoon at home with your family. You’re inside preparing food for a barbeque while the rest of your family sunbathes and plays by the backyard pool. Suddenly, your teenage daughter runs into the...more

Ready For Takeoff! FAA’s New Commercial Drone Rule Takes Effect on August 29, 2016

The FAA’s new final rule, which will revolutionize commercial operations of small drones (also known as small Unmanned Aircraft Systems or “sUAS”), will become effective on Monday, August 29, 2016. The FAA is replacing its...more

Drone Rules Raise Preemption Questions

The Federal Aviation Administration's recently announced rules for commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones), set to take effect later this month, provide long-awaited guidance to drone operators...more

Drone on Drones: NLC Releases “Cities and Drones” Report and Draft Ordinance

The National League of Cities released a municipal guide designed to serve as a primer on drones for local officials. Published this week, Cities and Drones provides insight into the FAA’s recently released rules on drone...more

White House Initiatives Look Toward the Future of Civilian Drone Technology

The policy debate in Washington, D.C., regarding the future regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) continues to evolve rapidly, marked most recently by several significant announcements in advance of an August 2...more

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