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California Legislature Takes Another Pass at Regulating Drone Operators

As part of our continuing California drone law coverage, today we report on the latest attempt by the California legislature to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles. Introduced yesterday by California State Senator Hannah Beth...more

CNN And FAA Partner To Test Drones For Reporting

Cable News Network (“CNN”) announced a partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) “to advance efforts to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”) into newsgathering and reporting,” according to CNN’s...more

FAA settles trail-blazing drone case for $1,100

After a multi-year fight over its $10,000 civil penalty against a drone pilot, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) settled with Raphael Pirker for $1,100 in connection with his operation of an unmanned aircraft system...more

Drone on Drones: Recent Crashes Raise Public Awareness of Security Threat From Drones

Two drone crashes in recent weeks have raised public safety concerns, as law enforcement and national security agencies grapple with how to prepare for — and respond to — illicit uses of unmanned aerial vehicles....more

Increasing Focus in Washington on Drone Privacy Issues

As we await Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) proposed rules regarding the operation of drones that weigh less than 55 pounds, other parts of the federal government appear poised to scrutinize the privacy issues...more

Drone on Drones: UAVs May Reduce the Risk of Cell-Tower Inspections

Many potential drone uses could make life easier, cheaper and more efficient. But the use of drones in cell-tower inspections, a new idea taking off internationally, may have the added benefit of saving lives....more

UAS hearing yields details on systems research and development, but no timeline for small UAS rule

A House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on January 21 featured wide-ranging discussions of developing unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS,” sometimes called “unmanned aerial vehicles,” or “drones”), but no...more

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

Highlights of this edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update include the FAA’s recent rulemakings involving New York area airport slots and safety management systems for U.S. Part 121 air carriers, developments...more

What privacy obligations and liabilities for drones?

Privacy breaches and potential liabilities might increase as a consequence of the usage of drones that represent a massive resource in a number of different sectors, but might also trigger some “new” unexpected legal risks....more

Drone on Drones: Drones on Drones

Domestic drone use presents a variety of problems, from worries about privacy and pervasive surveillance, to fears of public safety and concerns about how a crowded airspace may change life on the ground. But one new idea...more

Privacy obligations and legal risks of drones

Privacy breaches and potential liabilities might increase as a consequence of the usage of drones that represent a massive resource in a number of different sectors, but might also trigger some “new” unexpected legal risks....more

More boots on the ground: FAA provides law enforcement guidance for suspected unauthorized UAS operation

There could soon be a lot more boots on the ground and eyes on the sky watching for dangerous or unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or “drones”). On January 8, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)...more

FAA Ramps Up Drone Ban Enforcement by Enlisting State/Local Police Assistance - FAA Guidance Document Identifies Specific Actions...

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued new written guidance that enlists police departments to help enforce the government's ban on the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS) in the national air space....more

Drone on Drones: Drone Zones

The policy debate over domestic use of drones is ongoing, and legal issues surrounding privacy are still being worked out. As 2015 begins, however, it seems appropriate to look forward to where drones may be going in the near...more

Flying High: The Human Rights Implications of Investing In Drones

Civilian application of drone technology has increased dramatically in recent years. The burgeoning civilian opportunities are a potential boon for investors, who view this emerging market as one that will expand long into...more

The Coming of the Drones

Amazon isn’t the Only Business That Would Love to Get its Hands on “Octocopter” - Don’t look now—hobbyists may already be flying drones in the skies near you, and commercial uses are emerging. The New York Times...more

On the Eleventh Day of Privacy, the Drones Brought to Me…..

..new insurance coverage endorsements - A few days ago, media outlets released a video of a kangaroo knocking a drone out of the sky. Apparently, this “privacy loving” kangaroo was less than pleased with the...more

'Tis the season: FAA launches safety campaign for unmanned aircraft

In a December 22, 2014, teleconference, representatives from three private unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) organizations, along with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, announced a new small...more

Drone on Drones: New Court Decision Reflects Shifting Views on Privacy in Public

Whenever drone policy is raised as a topic, privacy concerns follow close behind it as a discussion point. The idea of aerial surveillance that is cheaper, less time-intensive and requires fewer man hours to get off the...more

Aviation & Aerospace and Surface Transportation Quarterly Newsletter

In This Issue: - Update on Developments in California Drone Law - One Community Gets Relief from Aircraft Noise - California Once Again Relinquishes Clean Air Act Enforcement Responsibility to the...more

GLOBAL: The rise of drones as an issue in sport

The remote controlled aircraft which flew a flag emblazoned with an Albanian symbol over the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania in October 2014 brought a premature end to the match amid violent scenes, with...more

The FAA Grants Drone Operators Five Regulatory Exemptions

On December 10, the FAA announced that it had granted a total of five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones, to four companies that want to fly drones for aerial surveying,...more

FAA Denies EPIC Petition Requesting Public Rulemaking To Address Privacy Concerns Posed By Drones; Cites Ongoing Rulemaking...

The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has denied a petition submitted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) to initiate a public rulemaking to address the “threat to privacy and civil liberties that will...more

An Update on FAA Regulatory Revisions, DOT and FAA Enforcement Actions, and Other Aviation-Related Regulatory Matters

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update provides an overview of recent FAA regulatory initiatives involving crew pairing, alcohol and drug testing rates, the use of aviation fuel taxes by airports and...more

Drone on Drones: FAA Issues Commercial Drone Permits to Additional Companies

In the face of increasing public and congressional pressure to speed up access to domestic skies for commercial drone use, the FAA granted four companies permission to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site...more

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