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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

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

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In direct response to a Presidential Memorandum issued on October 25, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced details of a new pilot 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

How Do We Control the Crowded Skies?

While the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) completed some of testing and research of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management system as directed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), we...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

FAA Seeking to Quicken UAS Airspace Authorization Process

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently published notice in the Federal Register seeking permission to quicken authorizations for Part 107 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in restricted areas. The FAA...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

FAA Grants CNN Approval to Operate Drones Over People in the “Real World”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted CNN approval to operate drones over people in real-world conditions, which means that for the first time, drones will be allowed to fly over wide ranges of urban and...more

White House Announces Possible Precursor to Stricter Local Regulation for Drone Journalism

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The White House has announced a new Department of Transportation (DOT) pilot program for state, local, and tribal governments "to test the further integration of" drones into the national airspace....more

Just How Small Does a Drone’s “Brain” Need to Be? The Push to Miniaturize a Drone’s Computer Chip

Imagine consumers (and businesses alike) buying a bottle cap-sized drone that they can integrate with their smart phone, fly from the palm of their hand and land it there again, all while instantaneously uploading video and...more

White House Unveils New Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

by Hogan Lovells on

This week, the White House announced a new pilot program to further integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) into the National Airspace System (NAS) and to enable development of new UAS technologies for use in a...more

Amazon’s Scanning Technology for Package Delivery

If you haven’t yet heard about it, Amazon is on the forefront of package delivery. And if you think that is old news (which it is!), have you heard about Amazon’s scanning technology capable of scanning the homes down below...more

White House Exploring Model Program for Shared Federal and State Regulation of Drone Operations

by Locke Lord LLP on

One of the major issues facing the commercial drone industry is the lack of certainty in the regulatory environment. Multiple state and local municipalities have passed drone related laws and ordinances, but as the recent...more

ARC Dispute May Mean Further Delay in Needed Drone Regulation

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), chartered earlier this year, was unable to reach a consensus on key issues. Given that Michael Huerta, Administrator of the...more

NTSB Criticizes FAA Oversight of Commercial Balloon Operations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board meeting concerning the crash of a hot air balloon after striking high-voltage power lines near Lockhart, Texas, the NTSB criticized the Federal Aviation Administration...more

Drone hits commercial plane on final approach into Canadian airport

by Dentons on

On October 12, 2017, a Skyjet flight, on its final approach into Québec City, was struck by a drone. This aviation incident marked the first commercial aircraft strike by a drone in Canada. No one onboard suffered any...more

Insuring your drone – What type and how much insurance is enough?

by Dentons on

Drone insurance: does your company really need it? Yes, and here are some of the reasons why and tips to keep in mind....more

Can Your Business Fly Under The Radar?

by Roetzel & Andress on

The past few years have seen the utilization of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or “drones”) expand from military to recreational, and now to commercial use. What once was top-secret military technology can now deliver a...more

Drones Over Europe: A Regulatory Overview

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Interest in drone technology continues to grow across Europe....more

Drone Industry Grows, the Fight for Control of the Sky Builds

It’s now considered ‘cool’ to fly a drone whether you are doing it for your business or as a hobbyist in your own backyard. When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the final rules for small unmanned aerial...more

The Continued Growth of Drones in the Energy Sector

by Blank Rome LLP on

The energy industry continues to see a marked growth in the use of drones as they provide cost efficient and time-saving services. For example, drones are being utilized as a tool to accurately inspect oil and gas pipelines,...more

What State And Local Laws Will Fly When It Comes To Drones?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Drone laws today are confusing. Looking around the country we see that many states and cities have passed their own laws and regulations to ban or restrict the use of drones. For example, in Texas, Texas Government Code...more

The Sky May Be the Limit: Local Drone Regulation and Federal Preemption

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Just over one year ago, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) promulgated regulations governing the commercial use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), weighing less...more

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