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I Can Fly it For Fun–Why Not For Profit? Proposed FAA Rules For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Every week, it seems you hear another business is using unmanned aerial vehicles. So why are you, or your company, still grounded? That could change soon....more

Presidential Memorandum Outlines Privacy Guidelines For Domestic Federal Use Of Drones

In a recently issued Presidential Memorandum, President Obama included privacy guidelines for the federal government’s use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) in the United States. Issued on February 15, 2015, and...more

Energy Companies’ Interest in Drones Gains Momentum as FAA Reacts to Comments on Proposed Small UAS Rules

On March 24, 2015, NextEra Energy became the latest energy company granted a Section 333 Exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration. NextEra Energy, whose subsidiaries Florida Power & Light and NextEra Energy Resources...more

Amazon Prime Air closer to takeoff: FAA grants Internet giant's request for drone ‘exemption’ and experimental certificate

In a March 13, 2015 letter, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) granted an affiliate of retail giant Amazon.com, Amazon Logistics, Inc., an exemption from certain flight rules so it can test new unmanned aircraft...more

Drone on Drones: The Uncertain Line Between Commercial and Noncommercial Use

Under the FAA’s current framework, noncommercial uses of drones by hobbyists are not regulated outside of general safety restrictions. A drone hobbyist can use his or her craft as he or she wishes, so long as the drone is...more

White House Memo Will Impact How Federal Contractors Can Use Drones

There has been a great deal written about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) recent release of proposed regulations concerning the commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – or drones. Much of what has...more

Drone on Drones: The “Domestication” of Drones

As recently as four years ago, a Google search of “drones” or “unmanned aerial vehicles” would have largely returned news articles about targeted strikes in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq or Yemen. ...more

Winds Of Change: A Flurry Of UAS Regulatory Proposals

On February 15, 2015, during a hastily organized press conference, the FAA announced its proposed rules for domestic UAS. But that wasn't the only UAS news coming out of the administration that weekend. ...more

Drone Use “Takes Off” as Legal Consequences Remain Uncertain

Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), have received extensive media coverage over the past few years. Whether the discussions about drones are related to the unmanned...more

Higher Ed Legal Update, March 2015

Colleges and universities across America have recognized that unmanned aerial vehicles (UASs) – also known as drones -- have broad academic applications. Indeed, the Federal Aviation Administration reports that of the 900...more

Drone on Drones: Proposed Bans in Hunting and Fishing Shed Light on Regulatory Considerations for Drones

In several states across the country, hunters and fishermen are anticipating the potential use of drones to track — and even tag — wildlife, and asking that lawmakers prohibit that use of the technology before it even gets...more

Drones, Googleplexes and Hyperloops

I don’t know if it’s just me, or if there has been a lot of news lately along the fringes of technology and construction... ...more

Drone on Drones: Berkeley Issues Moratorium on Law Enforcement Use of Drones

The Berkeley City Council approved a proposal by the City’s Peace and Justice Commission this week to impose a moratorium on drones within city limits. The one-year moratorium, which applies only to the Berkeley Police...more

FAA to Begin Integrating Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace

The FAA’s draft rule opens up the possibility of using so-called small “commercial drones” in the National Airspace, thus encouraging the emerging UAS industry. Introduction - Since 2007, Congress has been calling...more

Small UAS comment countdown begins: FAA publishes notice of proposed rulemaking

On February 23, the Federal Aviation Administration’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operation was published in the Federal Register. The proposed rule, titled "Operation and...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - February 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an overview of the FAA’s long-awaited proposed rule on small unmanned aircraft commercial operations, the White House’s statement on privacy issues...more

FAA Proposes Generally Favorable Rules for Unmanned Aircraft; Seeks Comment on Need for Flexibility and MicroUAS Rules

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for small unmanned aircraft weighing up to 55 lbs. The proposed rule would create a new Part 107...more

U.S. Export Policy for Commercial and Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

On February 17, the Obama Administration announced a new U.S. export control policy for military and commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("UAVs"). The policy, the details of which have not been released, reportedly includes...more

California And Florida Are The Latest To Propose Drone Privacy Laws

California and Florida have recently proposed legislation meant to address the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” to capture images of individuals. The proposed legislation is the latest in a raft of state bills...more

FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Commercial Drones; White House Launches Drone Privacy Policy

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration published its highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (applicable to UAS weighing...more

The Small Drones Rule: FAA Takes a Step in the Right Direction

Over the weekend of Feb. 14, the FAA issued a much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—i.e., drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The oft-delayed NPRM comes three years...more

Drone on Drones: FAA’s Proposed Rules Would Allow for Expanded Use

The FAA unveiled its proposed rules for unmanned aerial vehicles earlier this week, beginning a process that could eventually allow for thousands of businesses to fly drones. At the same time, the White House issued a...more

Cleared for Takeoff? Feds Release Proposed Regulations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On February 15, 2015, the federal government unveiled two key documents concerning the future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—sometimes referred to as “drones”—in the United States. The FAA released a highly anticipated...more

FAA Unveils Proposal for Regulating Commercial Drones

On February 15, the FAA released its long-awaited proposed framework for regulating small-scale commercial drones. The proposed rules, which the FAA calls a “framework of regulations” include the following relevant...more

FAA Takes One Small Step Toward Legalizing Commercial Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a.k.a Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has long been studying the promise and perils of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), a.k.a drones. The commercial potential of UAS technology is clear. Businesses are eager to...more

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