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FAA Plans to Bring LAANC to 500 More Airports by Next Month

On March 6, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the nationwide expansion of its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) to 500 more airports, and include 300 air traffic control...more

Massive Adoption of Drones; Safety Still Top Concern for Officials

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) co-hosted Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland last week, all speakers agreed...more

Drones – When Things Go Wrong

Over the last several years, drones have rapidly grown in popularity. From quick deliveries during rush hour to reaching an otherwise inaccessible military base, drones are proving to be extremely advantageous where humans...more

New Report Says Drones to Represent $30 Billion Industry by 2036

By 2036, unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) will represent a $30 billion industry according to a new report released by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and Avascent, “Think Bigger: Large Unmanned Systems and...more

Remote Identification of Drones: For Commercial Operators Only or Hobbyists Too?

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received recommendations regarding remote identification of drones in a report from the unmanned aircraft Identification and Tracking (UAS ID) Aviation Rulemaking...more

Close Calls with Drones Increasing Dramatically

Aviation regulators, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, have been investigating a flurry of close calls between consumer drones and manned aircraft,...more

Charleston Helicopter Crash: Possibly 1st Aviation Accident Caused by a Drone

Federal investigators are investigating a helicopter crash that occurred on Daniel Island (near Charleston, South Carolina) that may have been caused by a drone. The helicopter pilot reported to investigators that he crashed...more

More Passenger Drone Test Flights Hitting the Skies

We previously reported on the Y6S drone passenger test flights set for this year in London; now, two more companies have started testing passenger drones, too. Ehang 184 passenger drones, created by the Chinese company...more

2017: The Year of Much Ado…But Nothing!

by LeClairRyan on

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

North Carolina Seeks to Deliver Emergency Supplies via Drone

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) and state officials are currently building plans to use drones to deliver emergency supplies across the state; however, several hurdles need to be overcome first....more

Privacy is None of the FAA’s Business

by LeClairRyan on

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

Rail Inspection Firm Acquires Drone Services Company

American Rail Engineers Corp. (ARE), based in Irvine, California, recently acquired a New Hampshire drone services company, Media Wing, LLC (Media Wing), to conduct geographic information system (GIS) mapping and data...more

Drones May Improve Safety and Efficiency for U.S. Airport Operations

While it may seem counter-intuitive, airports might just be one of the safest places for drones to fly; that is, with the caveat that drone flight in the unregulated airspace around the airports is clearly not safe and not...more

First Drone Passenger Flight Set for 2018 in London

The first drone passenger flight (test flight that is) is set for 2018 in London. These passenger drones (also known as vertical take-off and landing aircraft—VTOLs) could cut the travel time from the Charing Cross train...more

Drones and Liability—Four Ways to Protect Yourself

by LeClairRyan on

A gas company needs to inspect a far-flung pipeline. A brokerage firm seeks aerial views of a shopping mall. A pizza chain envisions delivering a pie to home plate as part of a baseball-themed ad campaign. In each of these...more

President Trump Reinstates the FAA Drone Registration Requirement

By signing the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, President Donald Trump reinstated the requirement for recreational drone operators to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The requirement was...more

Drone v. Helicopter: And the loser is…

by LeClairRyan on

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”

by LeClairRyan on

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

‘Tis the season for drones- so learn the rules of the sky

by LeClairRyan on

Predictions about the number of drones that will be given as gifts this holiday season have “taken off.” According to the Consumer Technology Association, Americans will buy about 1.6 million drones over the holidays, nearly...more

Department of Transportation Forms Pilot Program to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration, has announced details of the UAS Integration Pilot Program, a new program focused on developing and advancing new technologies,...more

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

by LeClairRyan on

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

Administration’s Drone Pilot Program to Spur Innovative Drone Use

by Jones Day on

To promote the integration of drone technology, the White House’s three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program partners the federal government with state, local, and tribal governments in the development,...more

FAA Details Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a notice on the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program on November 8, 2017. Here is an overview of the program...more

Drones Make Bridge Inspections Cheaper and Easier

The United States has a lot of bridges –more than 600,000 –many of which are in disrepair or reaching the end of their planned lives. According to the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law the Cyber Civilian Corps Act, which established the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, dubbed MiC3. The corps has been in existence for three years but not statutorily deployed. ...more

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