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Recent development in drone delivery commercialization in Canada

by Dentons on

On December 15, 2017, Toronto-based technology company Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) announced that Transport Canada has accepted the company’s declaration of compliance for the X1000 Sparrow (Sparrow). The Sparrow is a cargo...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

Eighty Years After Earhart: Congress Moves to Motivate and Facilitate Women In Aviation

The aviation industry is in dire need of a future workforce. This industry is already suffering from a shortage of qualified individuals to work in all sectors of aviation. For instance, the Forbes article states that the gap...more

No Jurisdiction in Aviation Dispute Based on Online Manuals and Services Program

by Lane Powell PC on

In the modern economy, courts must grapple increasingly with questions about whether an out-of-state company’s online presence and programs subject it to potential jurisdiction in states throughout the country. This risk is...more

Autonomous Cars...When?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Self-driving, autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles seem everywhere, yet nowhere. Here at the Dashboard, we seem to never stop writing about them or the issues associated with them. For example, here, here, here, and here –...more

Infrastructure Investment Is Republicans' 2018 Priority

by Hogan Lovells on

Congress has returned from the holiday recess with renewed focus on passing a major infrastructure package in 2018. Passage of a massive tax reform bill punctuated the president's first year in office with a major victory,...more

Stormwater Utility Ordinance: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Assessment Violates Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory...

A United States District Court (Western District Virginia)in a December 26th Memorandum Opinion (“Opinion”) addressed a challenge to a stormwater utility ordinance assessment. See Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. City of...more

ACCC Increases Enforcement of Consumer Guarantees Against Airlines

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Following consumer complaints, the Australian Competition and Consumer Regulator ("ACCC") has released a report reminding airlines of obligations when dealing with the flying public. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

Recently released FAA study demonstrates importance of education and safety regulations for drones

by Dentons on

On October 12, 2017, Canada witnessed its first incident of a drone colliding with a commercial aircraft, as we wrote about in an earlier blog post. The plane landed safely and no passengers were injured. Though the offending...more

FTC Staff Releases Paper Highlighting Key Privacy and Security Issues for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

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The Federal Trade Commission Staff (FTC) released a new “Staff Perspective” on January 9, 2018, that highlights key privacy and data security issues related to autonomous and connected vehicles. The Staff Perspective outlines...more

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: FAA’s UAS Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Issues Final Report

by Williams Mullen on

The FAA’s UAS Identification and Tracking (“UAS ID”) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) published its final report on December 19, 2017. The ARC, which was chartered to provide recommendations to the FAA regarding...more

DOT v. FAA: Oversight of regional Air Carriers

by LeClairRyan on

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

NC Department of Transportation Condemnation: What Do They Mean By Permanent Utility Easement?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

When the North Carolina Department of Transportation ("DOT") exercises its power of eminent domain, in addition to taking private property in fee simple, it will often take various easements, including Permanent Utility...more

Customs and Border Patrol Issue New Rules for Searching Devices at Borders

We previously reported that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have been stopping U.S. citizens at the borders of the United States and demanding passwords for access to mobile devices. According to CBP, 19,051 mobile...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

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Airbnb avoids liability for lease violations; Short-lived successes at Room Key; Hopper makes...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The first installment of our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2018 is below. A mix of stories in this week’s Update....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

It’s Not Nice to Fool The NTSB

by LeClairRyan on

Those of us of a certain age will remember the television ad for margarine that tastes so much like butter that even Mother Nature is fooled. When Mother Nature learns that the product is not her “delicious butter,” she...more

Your Driver’s License Is Still Valid For Domestic Air Travel, At Least For Now

As the Department of Homeland Security continues to phase in the requirements of the REAL ID Act, some domestic airline travelers may be prohibited from using their state-issued driver’s license or ID card in order to board...more

Southwest Airlines Will Cooperate in Class Action Against American, Delta & United

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of Southwest Airlines Co.’s settlement with a class of plaintiffs alleging antitrust violations against Southwest, American Airlines, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., and United...more

Will the Sharing Economy Extend to Automotive Patents?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a recent article published by Bloomberg, we are once again reminded of the litigious nature of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest players. Recent patent and trade secret lawsuits have garnered a lot of media attention,...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Transportation, Ports and Maritime Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

New York State Police Introduce Use of Drones

by Harris Beach PLLC on

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo just announced the launch of the New York State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, which will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety. The...more

Natural Gas Transportation: 2018 FERC Rate Cases Are Expected to Raise Novel Issues

by Morgan Lewis on

Over a half dozen natural gas rate proceedings are expected to be initiated in 2018, many of which will raise issues such as the impact of the new tax laws on rates and the inclusion of a pipeline modernization tracker in...more

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

by LeClairRyan on

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

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