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Unmanned Aircraft Systems

OIG to Audit FAA Drone Waiver Processes

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) “approval and oversight processes” for Part 107 waivers for...more

Top unmanned aircraft systems developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies are not new to game-changing technology innovations. It is therefore no surprise that a number of ADG companies are early investors in unmanned aircraft systems...more

Your Business Drone Crashed... What Do You Do?

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Understanding FAA & NTSB Drone Accident Reporting Requirements - When a corporate drone crashes, it can be one of the worst-case scenarios for owners who rely on UAS technology to conduct a wide-array of business...more

FAA announces release of UAS facility maps to speed up part 107 approval

by DLA Piper on

On April 27, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps.  The FAA will release these maps in order to improve the quality of airspace...more

FAA Publishes Notice to Airman Restricting UAS Flights Over 133 Military Facilities

On April 7, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a Notice to Airmen (Notice) that becomes effective on April 14, 2017. The Notice prohibits the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over 133...more

FAA to Release New UAS Airspace Maps

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release a set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27, 2017. These maps will help drone operators improve their Part 107 airspace authorization requests,...more

Sky full of drones – Germany opens up for new drone opportunities as it introduces its new UAS Regulation

by Hogan Lovells on

Germany has introduced a new “Regulation for the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems” (“Drone-Regulation“). On 7 April 2017, the new Drone-Regulation entered into force adapting national legislation to the risk-based...more

FAA Announces Release of UAS Facility Maps for Drone Operators

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Federal Aviation Administration has just announced that it will release its first set of UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) facility maps on April 27, 2017, which can be found at: http://www.faa.gov/uas. Once published,...more

Sense-and-Avoid Software Tests Successfully in Recent Drone Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Northrop Grumman, and Aviation & Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) recently announced a series of successful drone flights testing sense-and-avoid systems. One of the key...more

Commercial Drone Alliance Speaks Out Against Drone Privacy Legislation

The Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA) voiced its opinion on the drone privacy legislation that was recently reintroduced by U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey and U.S. Representative Peter Welch. The Drone Aircraft Privacy and...more

A Federal Court in Kentucky Shoots Down Drone Airspace Case

The Western District of Kentucky recently granted a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, determining that there is no federal question jurisdiction when a claim is brought for trespass to chattels and...more

FAA Releases New Forecast on Hobbyist and Commercial Drone Operations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a new report predicting tremendous growth over the next five years, in “nearly every aspect of air transportation” including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Specifically,...more

The New World of Drone Law

by Clark Hill PLC on

Part 107 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) became effective August 29, 2016. Part 107 integrates commercial use of drones, known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UAS”), into the National Airspace System. A...more

Lawsuit Against the ‘Drone Slayer’ Tossed by Federal Judge

Last week, a Kentucky federal judge, U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell, threw out the lawsuit against William H. Merideth, also known as the ‘Drone Slayer’, a drone pilot who was sued for the downing of an unmanned...more

Seven important facts about commercial drones in South Africa

by Dentons on

South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that has passed laws regulating the operation of drones in the civil aviation airspace. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of South Africa now regulates the use of...more

Man Convicted of “Reckless Endangerment” in Drone Accident; Civil Suit Likely to Follow

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 24, 2017, a Washington judge sentenced Paul M. Skinner to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for “reckless endangerment” arising from the use of a personal drone. Skinner lost control of the two-pound drone during...more

Court dodges "Drone Slayer"

by DLA Piper on

A recent decision in the infamous "Drone Slayer" case answers some questions relating to the role federal courts will play as individuals seek to vindicate their property and privacy rights against UAS operators. But at the...more

In a Victory for the “Drone Slayer,” Federal Judge Rejects Pilot’s Attempt to Create Federal Question Jurisdiction

On March 21, 2017, a federal judge in the Western District of Kentucky dismissed a lawsuit brought by a drone pilot, David Boggs, against the “Drone Slayer” William Merideth, a Kentucky man who shot down a drone that he...more

The Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017: Overdue or Over-reaching?

On March 15, 2017, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced federal legislation entitled the Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017. The proposed legislation seeks to address...more

Recreational drone users face more restrictive regulations and fines

by Dentons on

Drones, especially recreational drones, are fast becoming ubiquitous. Their increase in popularity shows no signs of slowing down, and nor do the number of drone-related incidents. Canadian authorities saw a 100 percent...more

DJI Releases Report on Lifesaving Drone Operations

DJI, market leader in drones and aerial systems, released a new report, “Lives Saved: A Survey of Drones in Action,” on lifesaving drone operations using data collected from around the world. DJI reports that drones have...more

Maryland Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Construction Goods Through Drones

Last week, Maryland’s Cecil County Sheriff’s Office used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to recover nearly $400,000 worth of stolen construction equipment, which also led to the arrest of the culprit. The New Jersey State...more

Interim Canadian Drone Rules Launched

by Field Law on

As the recreational and commercial use of drones expands, the calls for a regulatory framework have grown louder. The Canadian federal government has, until last week, taken the simple approach of prohibiting the use of UAVs:...more

Canadian government creates no-fly zones for recreational drone users

by DLA Piper on

Many of Canada’s cities have effectively become “no-fly zones” for recreational drone users as a result of a recent extraordinary measure taken by the Minister of Transport. On March 13, 2017, Canada’s Transport Minister...more

FAA Admits Unmanned Aircraft Systems, i.e. Drones, are a Severely Underfunded Mandate

by Locke Lord LLP on

The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS” or “drones”) in commercial settings has proliferated since the Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA”) long-awaited regulations governing the commercial use of drones, 14 CFR Part...more

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