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FAA Sends Proposed Rule for Drone Flights over People to the White House OIRA

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a new rule for performance-based standards and means-of-compliance for operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones’) over people who are not...more

Coming Soon! Drones Overhead

Last week, the FAA sent a new proposed rule for operations of sUAS (aka “drones”) over people to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”). Currently, Part 107 for the commercial operation of...more

JW Marriott and DJI, Drone-Maker, Partner Up for Drone Experience Program

JW Marriott Hotel & Resorts (Marriott) and DJI, one of the world’s largest drone makers, have partnered up to launch the hotel chain’s first Drone Experience Program; a program which will provide guests with the opportunity...more

Droning Along: What Commercial Real Estate Property Owners Should Consider in the Drone Age

Drone use in the real estate industry has exploded in recent months. The utility of drones in sales, marketing, construction, surveying, and inspection of real property is undeniable. There is vast potential for commercial...more

Night Ops –Top Requested Part 107 FAA Waivers

At a recent Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, a Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) attorney, Dean Griffiths, explained that the top three requests for Part 107 commercial drone...more

FAA Issues Guidance On Part 107 Waiver Requests

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued useful guidance (the “Guidance”) for businesses who wish to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS”) outside the parameters of Part 107 of the Federal Aviation...more

Hackers Cause Consumer Drones to Fall from the Sky

Last week at the PacSec security conference held in Tokyo, a new device capable of fully infiltrating radio-controlled drones was unveiled by researchers. This new device exploits a vulnerability in the frequency-hopping...more

FAA Issues Guidance for Part 107 Waivers and Airspace Authorizations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a short press release and guidance on Part 107 waivers and airspace authorizations for commercial drones. Since the final drone operations rule was issued in August 2016, the...more

Extra, Extra, Read All About it, Newsgathering Drones Increasingly Hitting the Skies

Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started allowing commercial drone operations, media organizations have moved quickly to get their own newsgathering drones in the skies. Recently, Sinclair Broadcast Group...more

FAA Holds First Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team Meeting

The first meeting of the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) was held on October 18-19 in Washington, D.C. This team was first announced back in August by Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta...more

FAA Wants Details of Operations in Applications for Waivers and ATC Authorizations

Think your application for a Part 107 waiver is going to fly through the FAA like a drone? Think again. The FAA is throwing some cold water on these expectations. Earlier this week, the agency issued a Part 107 notice to...more

FTC Workshop on New Drone Technologies Raises Familiar Privacy Issues

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent workshop on drones raised familiar issues related to the privacy implications of a new and evolving technology. While the many potential innovations and consumer benefits of drone...more

What is the FTC Doing About Privacy and Drones?

Last week, as part of its Fall Technology Series, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) hosted a much-anticipated workshop to explore the privacy concerns associated with drones. Although many in the audience hoped that this...more

NASA Announces Beyond Visual-Line-of-Sight UAS Test Flights

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS; commonly known as drones) this month beyond visual line-of-sight of their operators to test planning, tracking and alerting...more

The FAA’s New Drone Regulations

The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or, colloquially, drones) is becoming more prolific. In the oil and gas context, drones can play a key role in conducting risky oilfield operations. The uses for drones in the...more

New Use for Drones on Australian Beaches

In Western Australia’s South West beaches surveillance drones will hit the skies to increase swimmer safety by spotting sharks in the water. This project will take place over a three-month period (from November to January)...more

The UAS integration challenge - White House workshop examines most pressing issues

Consistent monitoring of stakeholder input is essential to the formation of any regulatory environment and to anticipating market demands.  Nowhere is this more true than in the fluid and ever-changing regulatory environment...more

Canadian Skies Abuzz – The Regulation of Drones and UAVs in Canadian Airspace

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more popularly known as drones, are power-driven aircraft that are designed to fly without a human operator onboard....more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2016

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing - Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the...more

Developments in aircraft and marine finance for 2016

As is the case with other transportation assets, the legal considerations for aircraft and vessel finance providers (FPs) include an amalgam of state, federal and international laws. Summarized below are some of the more...more

Newsgathering Drones Take Flight

The era of newsgathering drones is upon us. Since new Federal Aviation Administration rules allowing limited commercial operation of drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or UAS) weighing 55 lbs. or less took...more

Armed Drone Export Control Update - 45 Nations Issue Joint Declaration on Export and Use

On October 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of State (State Department) announced the final version of a Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (the Joint...more

Niche Drone Market Expected to Explode

Over the past two years, the number of drone manufacturer start-ups has increased exponentially. Drone manufacturer start-ups have reached numbers in the tens (if not hundreds) of thousands. Whether you are seeking a drone...more

Amazon and Google Push for Drone Delivery Services to Take Flight

In light of the FAA’s new rule (or Part 107) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry has eagerly pushed the U.S. government to initiate testing of drone delivery systems....more

New FAA Statutes and Rules for Commercial Drone Operations Will Benefit Utilities

The new Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rules (or Part 107) governing the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (also known as drones or sUAS) took effect on August 29, 2016. The utility and energy...more

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