There is something stirring in the skies, and it’s about to turn the independent filmmaking world upside down. With this year’s arrival of accessible, affordable, and—most importantly—legal unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or...more
The day may not be far off when part of a farmer's normal daily routine involves reviewing data and images from one of the farm's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), more commonly known as drones.
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On Saturday, August 2, the North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval to the Appropriations Act of 2014. The 260-page budget bill—which is now on the Governor’s desk—contains several pages governing the use and...more
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)—also commonly referred to as drones and the systems used to operate them—are ubiquitous in the American consciousness today, even though for most of us our experiences with UAS may be limited to...more
What once was a technology confined almost exclusively to military use has now made its way into the hands of businesses, domestic agencies and private hobbyists. Small, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAVs), more commonly known...more
It has been a busy month at the Department of Transportation, with the DOT finally releasing its long-anticipated proposed rule on Transparency of Airline Ancillary Fees and Other Consumer Protection Issues, better known as...more
On Friday, the D.C. Circuit granted the FAA's motion to dismiss a petition for review involving its enforcement policy on unmanned aerial systems, also referred to as drones. The petition was filed by Texas Equusearch, a...more
One of the fastest-evolving areas of aviation is the use of drones. Although “drone” is the popular term, it is not used in the industry, which initially used “unmanned aerial vehicle,” or UAV.
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There have been almost daily news stories about the advent of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”), also referred to as “drones,” and how commercial usage is expected to explode over the next several years. There have been...more
The ever-quickening pace of technological innovation creates serious obstacles for legal, legislative, and regulatory regimes that are notoriously slow to adapt. One of the newest arenas in which this struggle is playing out...more
- On June 10, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the first commercial drone operation over land in the United States.
- Current FAA regulations prohibit any use of drones for commercial or business...more
A recent near midair collision between U.S. Airways Flight 4650, a CRJ-200 jet with a 50- passenger capacity, and a drone has (deservedly) sparked a flurry of commentary regarding safe drone operation. This near miss, which...more
Amazon’s ambitious proposal to use a fleet of unmanned aircraft systems to deliver packages may seem like a novelty announced years before its time, but the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems is already here. The...more
The future for domestic drones is tantalizingly close and unquestionably promising. With their ability to hover, occupy uncommon vantage points, and transport a wide range of payloads, drones (also called unmanned aerial...more
The civilian use of unmanned aerial technology — UAVs, UASs or drones — is inevitable, and right now, the government is sorting through regulatory, aviation, telecommunications, First Amendment and privacy issues. Given the...more
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On December 30, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it has selected six public entities to serve as research and testing sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In selecting the...more
The integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – popularly known as “drones” – into the national airspace took a major step forward last week with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) selection of six regional...more
For the public, the term “drone” aircraft conjures images of half-size, remote-controlled and weaponized airplanes tracking down terrorists half-way around the globe. Little thought is given to the commercial use of drones in...more
The headlines these days have focused on revelations that the government has conducted telecommunication dragnets from domestic networks on a regular basis. The issue has garnered attention because of sensitivity to...more
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