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President Trump To Open Skies For Companies To Test Commercial Drones

Recently, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum purporting to relax rules for testing of commercial drones by private sector corporations. The Memorandum proposes that more companies should be allowed to fly their...more

Drone Integration Pilot Program Launches with Aggressive Timeline

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have already launched a three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program announced in the Presidential Memorandum released...more

Autonomous Vehicles Continue to Move Forward

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Senate has been debating its version of autonomous vehicle legislation, which for the time being does not include autonomous trucks. • The Senate Commerce Committee's marked-up version of self-driving car draft...more

Trump Orders FAA To Get Drone Regulations Off The Ground

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Federal Aviation Administration has been slow to enact regulations allowing drones to operate commercially in the United States. In 2016, the FAA published rules allowing very limited use of drones for commercial...more

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update - Recent White House and Federal Court Action Impacting Future UAS Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The White House issued a Presidential Memorandum last week directing the Secretary of Transportation to establish an Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program to promote the safe operation of UAS, or drones, in...more

Trump Announces Pilot Program to Integrate Drones Into National Airspace

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Oct. 26, President Trump sent a memorandum directing Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to establish an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program by which state, local and tribal governments, in...more

DOT Announces Drone Pilot Program to Encourage Local and National Collaboration

President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch an initiative which will safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in...more

White House Orders DOT to Establish a UAS Integration Pilot Program

This week, the White House issued an anticipated Memorandum directing the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (the “Pilot”). The Memorandum suggests a...more

Presidential Memorandum Launches New Pilot Program to Test Drone Operations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The White House has issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to launch a three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot...more

Congress Approves FAA Extension to March 31, 2018

When we previously wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, there was a deadline set at the end of September. Just before the deadline, Congress approved a six-month extension of Federal Aviation...more

Senate Takes the On-Ramp for Autonomous Vehicles

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Senate to propose companion legislation to House’s SELF DRIVE Act. Key Points: - The Senate Commerce Committee passed a self-driving car bill that is similar but not identical to a version recently passed by the House...more

Autonomous Commercial Vehicles Closer to Hitting the Road After New Developments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The release of new federal guidance on autonomous vehicles, as well as the recent consideration of federal autonomous vehicle legislation in Congress, increases the likelihood that the introduction of autonomous commercial...more

Drone Federalism Act Seeks to Curb Call for “Anti-Drone” Technology

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The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) (sometimes, though unusually inaccurately, called “drones”). This has caused concerns among state and federal lawmakers over a wide...more

Transport Canada proposes UAV regulatory overhaul – Key amendments and expected impact: Are you ready?

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The use of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs or drones) for both commercial and recreational purposes has grown exponentially in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. Drones can be used for aerial photography,...more

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017 The Summer 2017 edition of Schnader’s Aviation Group newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant case and developments in aviation law, including: • Midair Collision Case...more

SELF DRIVE Act Passes the House as Senate Prepares Its Own Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (“SELF DRIVE”) Act, H.R. 3388. All eyes are now on the Senate, which is drafting its own...more

UAS Components of FAA Reauthorization Bills Stalled

We recently wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bills that would allow funding to the FAA to continue beyond Fall 2017. Now, it is likely that as Congressional leaders seem unlikely to reach...more

House Committee Passes Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, on July 27, unanimously approved a bill that would regulate self-driving vehicles. The bill, named the “Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution...more

SELF DRIVE Act Moves Unanimously From House Subcommittee To The Full U.S. House Of Representatives

by King & Spalding on

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act, or SELF DRIVE Act, on a 54-0 vote. The...more

Self-Driving Car Legislation: Congress Turns the Ignition

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

A bill that could facilitate more highly automated vehicles on US roads — with important economic and social implications — gains traction. Overview: Gearing Up for Legal and Regulatory Change - Society is on the verge...more

Late to the Scene, the “Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act” (“SELF DRIVE Act”) Seeks to...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As the race to deploy highly autonomous vehicles continues, the promise of a more ubiquitous presence of autonomous vehicles has led to a patchwork of regulations as states attempt to prepare for the inevitability of a...more

FAA Reauthorization Bill: What does it mean for the UAS legal landscape?

In the last few weeks, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bills have made their way around both houses of Congress, which will allow funding to the FAA to continue beyond Fall 2017....more

House Panel Approves Groundbreaking Federal Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Draft

by Perkins Coie on

The House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection reached bipartisan agreement on July 19, 2017, regarding major aspects of legislation to address the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The...more

US House Subcommittee Greenlights Proposal to Preempt State Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

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A House panel on Wednesday unanimously advanced a sweeping proposal that would carve out new exemptions for thousands of experimental autonomous vehicles from existing federal auto safety standards, marking Congress's most...more

It’s That Time of Year Again: How Congress’ Proposed FAA Reauthorization Bills Could Impact the Commercial Drone Industry

by Hogan Lovells on

In the last few weeks, both houses of Congress have released draft FAA Reauthorization bills to continue FAA funding which runs out this fall. While the House bill’s proposal to privatize air traffic control in the United...more

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