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Drone Collides with Commercial Jet in Quebec City

On October 12, 2017, a drone collided with a commercial aircraft while it was approaching Jean Lesage International Airport, in Quebec City. This is the first time that a drone has hit a commercial plane in Canada, according...more

Aviation Happenings - Winter 2016-2017

Part 1 of 2 of the winter edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Court Dismisses State Law Negligence Claim Against...more

Drones: FAA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On Tuesday, June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration issued Part 107, the Final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Rule comes sixteen months after the FAA issued its Notice...more

Skies Open for Business: FAA Makes Way for Commercial Drones

by Morgan Lewis on

The new rules will greatly expand and encourage commercial drone use but come with some limitations. After much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed sweeping new rules on June 21 to facilitate...more

Will New Technology, Legislation Help Drones and Airplanes Share the Sky?

by Varnum LLP on

On March 18, 2016, a Lufthansa Airbus A380 experienced a near miss with an unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) while approaching LAX, 14 miles east of the airport at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The drone flew 200 feet over...more

Game of Drones: UAV Entertainment and the FAA

With unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) (also called drones) anticipated to become a multi-billion dollar industry in a few years, many are betting that drone gaming will explode as the next big thing in competitive...more

Made In China 2025 Plan Designates Unmanned Aircraft As A Key Sector

by King & Spalding on

Support Includes Government Funding, Policy Bank Loans, And Preferential Tax Policies - On May 19, 2015, China’s State Council issued a long-range planning document that specifically designates China’s unmanned aerial...more

Crowded Skies: Opportunities and Challenges in an Era of Drones

by Reed Smith on

In this paper: - Advertising & Promotion - Aviation - Regulatory - Copyright (EU) - Employment and Labor - Export Controls - Film and Television (UK) - Film & Television...more

Aviation & Aerospace: The Launch of Commercial Drones

by Buchalter on

The only thing outpacing the Federal Aviation Administration’s rapid development of guidelines and regulations governing unmanned aircraft systems (also known as drones) is the list of industries seeking to use those systems...more

'Tis the season: FAA launches safety campaign for unmanned aircraft

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a December 22, 2014, teleconference, representatives from three private unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) organizations, along with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, announced a new small...more

Aviation & Aerospace and Surface Transportation Quarterly Newsletter

by Buchalter on

In This Issue: - Update on Developments in California Drone Law - One Community Gets Relief from Aircraft Noise - California Once Again Relinquishes Clean Air Act Enforcement Responsibility to the...more

Implications of the NTSB’s Decision That Drones are Aircraft

by Carlton Fields on

The NTSB issued a decision on November 17, holding that drones are aircraft and subject to the code of federal regulations that govern aircraft. In Michael P. Huerta, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration v. Raphael...more

NTSB Overturns Administrative Law Judge Decision and Holds That Federal Aviation Regulation 91.13 (Careless or Reckless Operation)...

The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) is feverishly working on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) governing commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which it intends to have ready by the end of 2014. Details...more

NTSB Ruling: FAA Regulations Enforceable Against Drones

by LeClairRyan on

In the ever shifting landscape of drone law, there has been another seismic shift. In a November 18, 2014 ruling, the NTSB held that the FAA does have the authority to enforce its regulations against certain model aircraft...more

Huerta v. Pirker: NTSB Rules that UAS Are “Aircraft” and Subject to FAA Prohibition on Careless and Reckless Operations

On November 18, 2014, in a unanimous decision, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are: “aircraft” within the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) statutory and...more

Huerta v. Pirker—NTSB Says No More “Gray Area” for Drone Operations

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated within an uncertain legal framework while players across a rapidly growing range of commercial industries — from energy to rail transport to forestry to all types of...more

NTSB Finds That Drones Are “Aircraft” Under Federal Law

by King & Spalding on

Order reverses an earlier ruling by an Administrative Law Judge in a closely watched case that challenged the FAA’s authority to regulate drones - On November 18, 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)...more

Alert: NTSB Determines Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Are Within the FAA'S Jurisdiction

by Cooley LLP on

The National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") today issued a decision affirming the jurisdiction of the FAA to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles. The NTSB found that the statutory definition of an "aircraft" included in...more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Are 'Aircraft' Once Again

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On November 17, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reversed an administrative law judge’s decision that had called into question the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) authority to regulate Unmanned Aircraft...more

NTSB Says Drones Subject to Federal Aviation Regulations - The Ruling Calls Attention to the Need for New, Sensible Regulations...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has overturned an administrative ruling in favor of an aerial photographer, upholding the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) determination that unmanned aerial systems...more

One Code to Rule Them All: Dronecode

by Buchalter on

Drones have just found their new best friends: coders. On Oct. 13, the Linux Foundation unveiled a nonprofit organization called the Dronecode Project, an open-source development initiative uniting thousands of coders for the...more

Drone on Drones: Tracking the Spread of Malaria from the Sky

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the use of unmanned aerial vehicles becomes increasingly mainstream, innovative uses of drones are springing up across sectors and continents. Researchers on the island of Borneo are using a small fixed-wing drone to track...more

Alert: FAA to Allow Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Film Industry

by Cooley LLP on

On September 25, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") granted six movie companies exemptions to use small unmanned aerial vehicles ("sUAVs") or "drones" for closed set filming and movie production. Cooley...more

Drone Technology Generates Significant Legal Buzz

by Varnum LLP on

Overseas, the military is unrestricted in its use of UAVs for routine surveillance purposes. No fourth amendment considerations are raised during battle. No search warrants need be obtained, trespassing laws are not adhered...more

Drone Filmmaking and the Technological Power Shift

by Buchalter on

There is something stirring in the skies, and it’s about to turn the independent filmmaking world upside down. With this year’s arrival of accessible, affordable, and—most importantly—legal unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or...more

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