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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

50 Airports Across the U.S. to Adopt Automated Airspace Authorizations for Drones

By Fall 2017, fifty U.S. airports swill start allowing unmanned aircraft systems’ (UAS or drone) operators apply for automated authorizations to fly in controlled airspace around those airports. Specifically, these airports...more

CNN Receives FAA Waiver for Drone Flights Over People for Movies and TV

CNN’s Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN AIR) unit received its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 waiver last week for closed-set drone operations over people for motion picture and television filming. This is the...more

Waves of Regulation Hit the Drone Industry

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report discusses the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drone-related provisions of the recently introduced FAA reauthorization bills, a recent FAA chief counsel’s legal interpretation...more

House FAA Reauthorization Bill Proposes Implicit Revocation of US–EU Air Transport Agreement

On June 28, the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure reported out to the floor of the House of Representatives for consideration by the full House H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation...more

The Drone “Waiver” Of The Future

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The FAA has recently partnered with various digital platforms to create the “Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability” (LAANC) in an effort to streamline waiver authorization in controlled airspace. Normally,...more

Trump Department of Justice Reverses Course on Class Action Waivers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) changed its position with respect to the enforceability of class action waivers in the labor and employment context. The move came via the DOJ’s filing of an...more

Lawsuit Against “Drone Slayer” Dismissed

by Benesch on

The federal district court for the Western District of Kentucky dismissed a lawsuit filed by a UAS pilot, David Boggs, against the “drone slayer” William Meredith. In 2015, Meredith shot down Boggs’s UAS while it was flying...more

Texas Utility Company Sends in the Drones to Inspect 5-Miles of Power Lines

More and more utility companies are finding drones (or more formally, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)) useful, and cost effective, to inspect power lines in lieu of sending up their employees to carry out the dangerous task....more

New Laws passed in Florida and Oregon add to Varying State Drone Regulations

Florida and Oregon have both recently changed their Unmanned Aircraft Systems “UAS” (or “drone”) regulations, joining the vast majority of states looking to protect their residents through the use of their police power. ...more

It’s That Time of Year Again: How Congress’ Proposed FAA Reauthorization Bills Could Impact the Commercial Drone Industry

by Hogan Lovells on

In the last few weeks, both houses of Congress have released draft FAA Reauthorization bills to continue FAA funding which runs out this fall. While the House bill’s proposal to privatize air traffic control in the United...more

Florida Enacts Law to Keep Local Governments from Regulating Drones

On July 1, 2017, a new law in the State of Florida became effective in order to keep “local governments from regulating drone and model aircraft operations” in the State, while in turn, “protecting those who fly safely and...more

Hail, SESAR! A Blueprint for Drone Airspace Regulation in Europe

by Hogan Lovells on

In Europe, the United States and countries around the world, drone technology is advancing rapidly, and what used to be considered toys are quickly becoming powerful commercial tools that can provide enormous benefits in...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

On June 30, Congress gaveled out for the July 4 recess after postponing a critical vote to begin debate on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the GOP caucus...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA, and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - July 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the latest FAA reauthorization bills, the Department of Homeland Security’s enhanced aviation security measures, the DOT Inspector General’s audit...more

U.S. Senators Introduce the Safe DRONE Act of 2017

Yet another piece of drone legislation is in circulation; the Safe DRONE Act of 2017 was recently introduced by U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner, John Hoeven, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Dean Heller. ...more

Safe Separation: New Study Provides Objective Collision Avoidance Guidance for Unmanned Aircraft Flights

by K&L Gates LLP on

Recent government-sponsored research provides operators of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) helpful guidance for legally operating in proximity to manned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration’s first...more

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