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Electronic Privacy Information Center Challenges FAA’s New Drone Rules Over Lack Of Privacy Safeguards

On Monday, August 22, the non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) brought suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), challenging the lack of...more

The Small Drone Rule –Part 107 –is Effective on August 29, 2016

Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (or the Small Drone Rule) applies to non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft (UAS) commercial operations of all drones under 55 lbs. The final rule will go into effect on August 29,...more

Drone Operations Near Wildfires Spark New Laws and Technological Advances

As wildfire season heats up in the Western United States, drone (also known as “unmanned aircraft systems” or “UAS”) operations near wildfires have spurred technological advances and prompted a series of state and federal...more

EPIC Challenges FAA’s Final Drone Rule for Lack of Privacy Protections

The Electronic Information Privacy Center (EPIC) filed a complaint against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week alleging that the final drone rule (Part 107) fails to include privacy regulations. EPIC claims...more

MCLE Self Study Article: Property Rights to the Periphery of the Universe or Only to the Rooftop?: The Effects of Drones on...

Imagine a peaceful summer afternoon at home with your family. You’re inside preparing food for a barbeque while the rest of your family sunbathes and plays by the backyard pool. Suddenly, your teenage daughter runs into the...more

Ready For Takeoff! FAA’s New Commercial Drone Rule Takes Effect on August 29, 2016

The FAA’s new final rule, which will revolutionize commercial operations of small drones (also known as small Unmanned Aircraft Systems or “sUAS”), will become effective on Monday, August 29, 2016. The FAA is replacing its...more

Drone Rules Raise Preemption Questions

The Federal Aviation Administration's recently announced rules for commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones), set to take effect later this month, provide long-awaited guidance to drone operators...more

Drone on Drones: NLC Releases “Cities and Drones” Report and Draft Ordinance

The National League of Cities released a municipal guide designed to serve as a primer on drones for local officials. Published this week, Cities and Drones provides insight into the FAA’s recently released rules on drone...more

A.I. Company Flock Develops Risk Analysis Program for Drone Flights

Flock, an artificial intelligence company based in London, announced its development of a risk analysis program for commercial drones that will use real-time weather information and the location of buildings and the most...more

White House Initiatives Look Toward the Future of Civilian Drone Technology

The policy debate in Washington, D.C., regarding the future regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) continues to evolve rapidly, marked most recently by several significant announcements in advance of an August 2...more

FAA Could Expand New Drone Rules To Permit Flights Over People

On August 2, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) Director, Michael Huerta, while speaking at the “White House Drone Day,” indicated that the FAA was open to the potential use of commercial unmanned aircraft systems...more

Worth Another Look: Regulating Drones

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top ten issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. Since Pennsylvania will close out the...more

Many Big Announcements for the UAS Industry and its Safety and Privacy Initiatives

The commercial drone industry is projected to generate over $82 billion for the U.S. economy and over 100,000 new jobs by 2025. Last week, at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) “Workshop on...more

Do You Have a Permit for that Drone?

In our last post we talked about some of the key things to consider before flying a drone over a real estate or construction site. Even with these general considerations in mind, however, the fear of fines under the complex...more

Drone Defenses, Part I: Rely on Local Law Enforcement

The proliferation of drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), has resulted in a growing interest in preventing unlawful and potentially dangerous drone operations. Private entities are generally prohibited from taking...more

August 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses new FAA reauthorization legislation, DOT awards for U.S. carrier scheduled service to Cuba, DOT’s decision to address consumer notification requirements...more

New Federal Drone Regulations Leave Unanswered Questions

The Federal Aviation Administration Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 (“FAA Reauthorization”) was signed into law July 15. The FAA Reauthorization contained at least five sections directed specifically at unmanned...more

When the Internal Revenue Code and the FAA Regulations Collide - What Results?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) categorizes aircraft owners and operators into different categories. In general, the FAA grants an owner of an aircraft who operates the aircraft for personal use and enjoyment a...more

New FAA Legislation Expands Safety and Security Programs and Provides New Authorities for Drone Operators

Action Item: On July 15, 2016, President Obama signed into law H.R. 636, the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 (“the Act,” Pub.L. 114-190). The Act extends the authorization of the Federal Aviation...more

Drones used for accident analysis — quickly, safely and accurately

Last week, the results of an experiment conducted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and Unmanned Experts Inc. (Unmanned Experts), a Denver-based unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology applications...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.26.16

Private equity bigwig Lynn Tilton has reportedly hired appellate superstar Paul Clement (after Gibson Dunn got the boot) to represent her in her “bid to revive her challenge to the [SEC’s] in-house court at the Second...more

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

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