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House and Senate FAA Bills Take Diverging Flight Paths Toward Reauthorization

With the authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set to expire on July 15, the clock is ticking for Congress to enact legislation to ensure that FAA programs and funding continue without interruption....more

Privacy Best Practices for Commercial and Private Drone Use Adopted in NTIA Process

Consensus was reached in a proceeding of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce on a set of privacy best practices for the commercial and recreational use of...more

FAA announces more drone detection testing at JFK Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced this week that it will be expanding its research on how to detect ‘rogue’ drones near airports. The FAA will join forces with other government agencies and academic partners...more

FAA provides clearer skies for educational use of drones

As we covered on our blog earlier this year, the proliferation of drones (or unmanned aircraft systems, “UAS,”) has reached college campuses around the country, where university staff, faculty, and students are eager to use...more

FAA Proposes More Flexible Eligibility Criteria For Expenditure Of Passenger Facility Charge Funds On Airport Rail Projects

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to amend (81 Fed. Reg. at 26611) (May 3, 2016) a 2004 rule, restricting expenditure of proceeds from passenger facility charges (PFC) funds to airport access infrastructure...more

21st Century Flight School: The FAA Making It Easier For Students to Operate UAS

Last week, the FAA announced that it was lessening the regulatory requirements on schools, allowing students and faculty to use UAS (commonly known as drones) as part of their coursework. Additionally, the FAA announced that...more

FAA announces advisory committee and more ease for students to operate drones

Recently, Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA), Michael Huerta, announced the establishment of a broad-based drone advisory committee. The creation of this committee stems from the successful stakeholder-based unmanned...more

FAA’s drone detection initiative

This week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expanded its Pathfinder Program by signing the Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs) with Gryphon Sensors, Liteye Systems, Inc. and Sensofusion to add to...more

Alert: FAA Clarifies Educational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") has released new guidance on the use of unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS") at accredited educational institutions by students and faculty during instruction. In a clarification to...more

India Moving Forward with Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations for Civil and Commercial Use

Last month, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (“DGCA”) published draft guidelines (“Guidelines”) as a basis for regulating the civil use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), more commonly called drones. The...more

A Busy Month in the World of Small UAS Law and Rule Making

Even by the standards of the exciting and ever-changing landscape of unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drone law, the month of April was eventful. In April, we observed in at least one case the Federal Aviation Administration...more

Update on academic use of drones

Last week the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) announced a plan to streamline the process and requirements for permitting academic-related use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”). The FAA’s interpretation clarifies...more

Federal Guidance on Drones to Impact Colleges and Universities

On May 4, 2016, at the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made two big announcements affecting the unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or...more

FAA Allows Drones for Educational Use

In a significant policy shift, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will now permit students and to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones) – with restrictions – for educational purposes. The FAA issued a...more

Senate Version of Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Preempts Local Drone Regulations

On March 17, 2016, the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee of the United States Senate approved amendments to the most recent funding legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), the FAA...more

Number of Airline Accidents Dropped in 2015

It is common for those who need to travel by airplane to be concerned about their safety while up in the air. With worries ranging from mechanical failures to terrorism, fliers have a right to be concerned. However, there is...more

Federal Preemption Narrowed For Aviation Suppliers In Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corp.

On April 19, 2016, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion on the issue of federal preemption in Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corp. The sixty-one page opinion effectively narrowed the scope of federal...more

Want an FAA Section 333 Exemption for your Close-up sUAS Operations? Come Prepared.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) generally prohibits small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) flight operations within 500 feet from all persons, vessels, vehicles, and structures. However, closer-in operations of sUAS...more

Washington, D.C. Update – April 2016

FY17 Appropriations - The House and Senate Appropriations Committees continue to move forward on individual FY17 spending measures based on discretionary spending levels enshrined in last fall's bipartisan budget deal....more

Privatization of the United States Air Traffic Control System Hits Roadblock in the U.S. Senate

Less than a month ago, it seemed clear that privatization was the wave of the future for the United States Air Traffic Control System (“ATC System”). On February 19, 2016, the United States House of Representatives...more

El cielo es el límite

El cambiante paisaje urbano de Miami se prepara para su mayor mejora hasta el momento. Con la última decisión de la Administración Federal de Aviación de EE. UU. de permitir que los edificios alcancen una altura de 320 metros...more

U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan FAA Bill Marking First Step to UAS Regulations

On April 19, the United States Senate passed bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize federal funding for the Federal Aviation Administration for the next two fiscal years. The Senate-passed bill, which will not take...more

Flying into Darkness – Commercial Drone Night Flights Approved by the FAA

Last week, the FAA issued an historic authority to Industrial Skyworks for nighttime commercial UAS operations. The Section 333 exemption, obtained with the help of Kenneth Quinn, Jennifer Trock, and Graham Keithley of...more

Innovator Drug/510k Medical Device Impossibility Preemption and the Meaning of “A Fortiori”

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, “a fortiori” is legal Latin meaning: - By even greater force of logic; even more so it follows. We’ve been arguing for some time – since PLIVA v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567...more

Proposed U.S. Legislation Would Impose Additional Consumer Protection Obligations on Foreign Airlines

On April 20, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 that would authorize funding for programs under the FAA through September 2017. Most of the extensive legislation...more

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