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2017: The Year of Much Ado…But Nothing!

In terms of major UAS rulemaking efforts, 2017 could best be described as “the year that wasn’t”. While the FAA had big plans to push forward the new rules for flight over people and finalize the Interpretation of the...more

Privacy is None of the FAA’s Business

While most people agree that unmanned aircraft raise unique privacy issues, the question remains who is in the best position to deal with those concerns. The FAA has repeatedly indicated that it does not have the resources,...more

DOT v. FAA: Oversight of regional Air Carriers

A just-released report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) points to the importance of the regional airline industry in safely transporting passengers, economic changes buffeting...more

Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program Gets Extended to Drug and Alcohol Programs, Unless…

The Federal Aviation Administration relies heavily on voluntary compliance with its regulations. As part of its strategy, the FAA encourages regulated entities to participate in voluntary disclosure reporting programs (VDRP)...more

Drone v. Helicopter: And the loser is…

The NTSB Report into the midair collision between a DJI Phantom and an army Blackhawk helicopter has been released and not surprisingly, the probable cause of the accident was sUAS pilot error....more

“Sir/Madam, Show Me Your License and Registration”

The long and tortured path to mandatory registration of all hobby aircraft appears finally to be at an end. After a seven month hiatus, the law is changing once again, and the registration requirement is being reinstated....more

“This is Your Flight Attendant Speaking . . .”

Flight attendants play a vital role in commercial air transportation. Not only do they help facilitate travel, they also serve a critical function in the event of an emergency. In addition, according to a new ruling from...more

Federal Pre-emption and Aircraft Certification: You Have to Read This Opinion!!

Originally posted August 11, 2017 - Today, we turn our attention to the latest chapter in a long saga concerning the scope of federal preemption over product liability claims made against manufacturers of certificated...more

UAS: Preemption Means Preemption!!

State and local governments have not been shy about attempting to regulate almost every aspect of drone operations. Some of these efforts have been completely appropriate and aimed at areas subject to local control, such as...more

UAS Integration Pilot Program: Notice of Intent Deadlines for Lead Applicant, Interested Parties Quickly Approaching

The White House recently announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, permitting state and local governments to partner with private entities to conduct cutting edge work associated with extending...more

[Webinar] FAA Reorganization and Change: Everything Changing or Nothing Changing? - October 19th, 1:00pm ET

LeClairRyan is pleased to present our latest webinar in an effort to bring you up-to-date with the FAA’s latest changes as an extension of our annual Aviation Symposium....more

[Webinar] Everything You Need to Know About Certifying your UAS! - October 4th, 1:00pm ET

With Part 107 firmly behind us, attention is now focused on the complexity of UAS operations. In our last webinar, we saw how much we can do with a waiver, but commercial exploitation of advanced capabilities, such as, fully...more

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