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Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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

Canada Revises its Recreational Drone Use Rules

On June 16, 2017, Transport Canada, the department within the government of Canada which is responsible for developing regulations, policies and services of transportation in the country, issued an Interim Order (“the Order”)...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

Drones to Track Adults and Children that Suffer from Alzheimer’s and Autism

While police departments and law enforcement have been using drones for some time now, a police department in southern Minnesota, the Rochester Police Department, has recently acquired a new drone for a new purpose – to find...more

Facebook Completes Successful Testing of Drones for Getting the Internet to the World’s Remotest Locations

Facebook announced last week that it successfully completed a second test of an unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) designed to carry internet access to remote parts of the world. Unlike Facebook’s first test for this task...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

Commercial Drone Alliance Issues Statement on June 28th Domestic Drone Security Summit

by Hogan Lovells on

Drone technology has advanced rapidly over the last decade, and this technology has become a valuable tool for many industries on a global scale.  The commercial and consumer uses for drones have grown exponentially, and the...more

Transport Canada Revises Rules for Recreational Drone use in Canada

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 16, 2017, Transport Canada issued an Interim Order under the Aeronautics Act, Canada, and the Canadian Aviation Regulations, regulating the use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles for recreational purposes in...more

Key Considerations in Addressing Privacy Concerns During Drone Operations

by Williams Mullen on

Imagine that one of your employees uses his or her iPhone to take some pictures of work being done at a construction site. The employee captures several images that include teenagers sunbathing by a pool on the adjacent...more

Drone Registration – What’s Next?

by Sands Anderson PC on

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently upheld a verdict on behalf of a drone enthusiast that found that the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rule requiring that individual...more

Another Drone Bill Seeking Local Control of Drones

We previously wrote about the Drone Federalism Act introduced earlier this month, and now, another bill is seeking to regulate drones at the local level. The Drone Innovation Act, H.R. 2930, introduced by Jason Lewis of...more

State And Local Governments To Congress Re: Drones –The Times, They Are A-Changin’

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Unless this is your first visit to our blog (and if it is, welcome), you know that we have addressed the tension between the federal government vs. state and local governments regarding regulating drones on several occasions....more

The Emerging Use Of Drones In Illinois

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Powered by developments in aviation, sensing, and software technology, the drone industry is projected to be one of the fastest growing industries, with sales expected to top $12 billion by 2021.[2] Within the next decade,...more

FAA and Congress Move Forward with Drone Oversight

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report discusses the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision against the FAA’s registration requirements for recreational drones, the latest findings and recommendations of the FAA’s Drone...more

DOJ Reports on Drones Flying Contraband to Prisons

While drone delivery services are certainly on the agendas are large retailers like Amazon, inmates in jails across the U.S. are already using drones to receive their own aerial contraband shipments. Through a Freedom of...more

New Statistics Predict Drone Production Will Soar to $73.5 Billion Over Next 10 Years

According to recent studies and statistics, unmanned aerial systems (or drones) promise to have the most dynamic growth of any sector in the aerospace industry. With the ease of airspace regulations and operational...more

Trump Administration Discusses The Future Of Drones

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With the Trump Administration’s focus on jobs and building the economy, it makes perfect sense that it would explore opportunities in one of the fastest growing industries right now: drones. In what may be the first direct...more

ATC Privatization: What’s Drones Got to Do With It?

The Trump Administration has proposed that Air Traffic Control (“ATC”) functions be shifted away from the FAA to a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, arguing that the move would allow for increased efficiency...more

The State of the Drones: Unclear Laws and Anti-Drone Technology

Over the past decade, since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first permitted the use of drones for commercial and hobbyist purposes, after the 2012 directive of Congress for the FAA to come up with a “comprehensive...more

NJ Law Restricting Drones will have to be Rewritten

The town of Garfield, New Jersey has introduced new regulations related to hobbyist drone operation—or better yet, the non-operation of drones above residences other than your own, commercial zones, roadways, government or...more

Drone Federalism Act Does Not Solve Federal VS. State Authority

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The challenge presented by having federal, state and local authorities all attempting to regulate drones is a topic we have addressed on this blog and in other publications. Unfortunately, a solution to that challenge remains...more

Real-name registration requirement imposed for civilian-use drones in China

by Hogan Lovells on

Following serious incidents of civilian drones entering the airspace of Chinese airports and causing flight delays last April, China’s civil aviation authority has issued the Real-name Registration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft...more

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