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Global Government Solutions® 2016 Mid-Year Outlook

This newest edition of the Global Government Solutions® series highlights increased government involvement in global commerce and provides the latest regulatory information corporate leaders need to navigate the intersection...more

Section 333 Petitions on Hold

The FAA has stopped processing Section 333 Exemption applications. With thousands of petitions in the queue, the FAA will make applicants that would qualify to operate under Part 107 wait until the new rule is effective in...more

Utah votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires

This week, in Salt Lake City, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow Utah authorities (i.e., firefighters or law enforcement) to disable and down drones if they are being flown too close to wildfires. Governor Gary...more

Drones – Is the Maritime Industry Ready?

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones” in common parlance, are not a part of the historical maritime vocabulary. At least not yet. While the term “drones” may conjure images from science fiction, the reality is that...more

EU Consultation on Amendment to REACH Regulation with Regard to Restriction of DecaBDE

The European Commission launched a consultation on May 4, 2016, on a draft Regulation proposing a restriction on the manufacturing and placing on the market of the flame retardant, bis(pentabromophenyl)ether (decaBDE). The...more

New, Relaxed Regulations Make Drone Use on Construction Projects Easier

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently introduced relaxed regulations concerning the use of drones for commercial purposes. The new regulations could have a significant impact on drone usage in the construction...more

Congress Updates UAS Safety Language in FAA Extension

In the FAA Extension legislation, Congress implemented important safety provisions related to drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or “UAS”). The language, which President Obama signed into law late last week,...more

FAA issues long awaited Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations

New Law Goes into Effect August 29, 2016 - After many months, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued regulations towards integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, also called Drones) into the national...more

FAA Published Final Drone Regulations

On June 28, 2016, the FAA published its final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“SUAS Rule”). The SUAS Rule will take effect August 29, 2016, and applies to the use of drones for...more

Oklahoma, other states limit flights of unmanned aircraft

Q: The governor recently signed legislation to regulate unmanned aircraft in some instances. What does the law do? A: The new act regulates flights of unmanned aircraft over certain facilities, such as refineries,...more

FAA Issues Final Rule for Operators of Drones (Small UAS) – Part 107

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its final rule on how businesses may use small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The rule, which is commonly known as Part 107, is expected to take effect in...more

FAA Regs For Small Drones — A Step In The Right Direction

On June 21, 2016, after a long wait and much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it had finalized the regulations that will govern the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in...more

Drone Mapping the Way of the Future for Insurance Companies

Drone mapping provides insurance companies with an easy, fast and accurate method of documenting a scene and preserving key details while also letting the process of clean-up and reconstruction begin as quickly as possible....more

New Drone Operational Rules Finalized by the FAA

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. The new rules will take effect in...more

FAA’s Final Rule on Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

The Federal Aviation Administration promulgated its final rule on small commercial unmanned aircraft systems, called Part 107, on June 21, 2016. It sets forth the operating requirements for small commercial drones (i.e.,...more

New Commercial Drone Rules Take Flight: Understanding Implications, Opportunities, and What’s Next

America’s skies will be open for business as a result of new rules released by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) regarding the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS”), or “drones.” (See our...more

FAA Gives Overburdened TSA Another Job: Drone Pilot Vetting

FAA’s Part 107 regulations create a structure to integrate commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (also known as “sUAS” or drones) into the National Airspace System (“NAS”). As part of this structure, the FAA has given...more

New FAA Regulations for Drones

On June 21, 2016, the FAA issued its long-awaited regulations governing “Small Unmanned Aircraft,” or drone operation. The regulations relate to the use of drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The following outlines some of...more

FAA Releases New Commercial Drone Regulations, Section 333 Exemption Holders Get “Grandfathered” Compliance Status

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) announced the finalization of its long-awaited Final Rule governing routine commercial operation of unmanned aircraft systems weighing 55 lbs. or less. The new 14 C.F.R. Part...more

IN Detail [In the Know]

IN numbers - 82 billion The expected amount, in U.S. dollars, generated for the U.S. economy by the first operational rules for routine use of small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, known as Part 107. (Source:...more

Commercial Drones Set To Take Flight

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled a landmark set of new rules for the commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), more popularly known as drones. The new rules will take...more

FAA's New Rules Are a Green Light For Growth of Commercial Drones

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long awaited amendments to regulations for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), defined as aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds....more

UAS in the USA: An Overview of the FAA's New Drone Rules

On June 21, 2016, the FAA announced its new rules to govern non-hobbyist small UAS (“sUAS” or “drones”) operations. Gluttons for punishment can read the entire 624-page FAA document here; others can read a summary of the...more

Countdown Begins! FAA’s New sUAS Rules Become Effective on August 29, 2016

Today, the FAA’s new rules regarding the commercial operation of small UAS (sUAS), which will be codified as 14 C.F.R. Part 107, were published in the Federal Register.  The new rules will become effective on August 29, 2016....more

FAA releases new Part 107 regulations for small unmanned aircrafts, benefit for commercial drone operators

On June 21st, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released Part 107 to the FAA regulations regarding commercial operation of small unmanned aircrafts. Part 107 provides operating rules for drone operators who do not...more

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