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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Legal Update: Proposed North Carolina drone legislation addresses economic benefits and civil...

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

Untamed Skies: Domestic Drones Remain Unregulated

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

DOT Releases Passenger Protection Rulemaking #3; FAA Considers Commercial Drone Operations; Other Regulatory Issues

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

D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to FAA's Drone Policy as Premature

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

Can I Fly or Can’t I Fly? Drones in the Wake of the NTSB’s Pirker Opinion

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. Originally Published in...more

PART TWO: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) – aka Drones Legal Issues: Where Are We Headed?

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

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) – aka Drones Usages and Regulation: Where Are We Headed? Part One

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

FAA Opens Door to Approving Commercial Drone Operations

- 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

Drones: A Bird’s-Eye View of the (Non-Privacy) Legal Landscape for UAS

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

The FAA’s “Regulations” Pertaining to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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

Unmanned Aircraft and Privacy Law: A Technological Leap Into A Legal Gap

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

Drones in the United States: What Will It Take to Fly?

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

FAA Selects Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Sites; Regulatory Questions Remain

FAA Action - 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

Six Regional Drone Research Test Sites Chosen

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

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s an Unmanned Aircraft System! States Grapple With Limits on Domestic Use of...

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

Drone Privacy Claims on the Horizon

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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