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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

K&L Gates Triage: Using Drones in Medicine

by K&L Gates LLP on

Unmanned aircraft, commonly known as “drones,” are gaining traction as a tool used by many industries today, including health care. Researchers are currently studying potential applications for drones in delivering medical...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

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

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

FBI Issues Flash Alert on Apache Struts Vulnerability - The Apache Struts vulnerability has been mentioned frequently in the media over the past month, as it is believed to have been involved in one of the largest and most...more

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

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

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

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

Selling Unmanned Systems Products and Services to the Government

by Williams Mullen on

The government’s role with respect to the non-military use of unmanned systems (air, ground and maritime) primarily has been that of a regulator. However, the use of unmanned aircraft systems by federal, state and local...more

FAA restricts drone operations near ten US landmarks

by DLA Piper on

For the first time, the FAA will restrict UAS flights near ten US Department of Interior (DOI) landmarks. These landmarks are the latest locations added to the FAA's UAS no-fly zones, which include other security sensitive...more

Air Supremacy: Court Finds that Federal Aviation Regulations Preempt City Drone Regulation

On September 21, 2017, the District of Massachusetts ruled that Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) preempt many of the restrictions that the City of Newton, Massachusetts, imposed on drones within its airspace. Although the...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

McAfee Report Lists Health Care Sector as Most Targeted Industry for Cyber-Attacks - In its cybersecurity incident report outlining vulnerabilities for the second quarter of 2017, security firm McAfee lists the health care...more

Federal Court Finds Local Drone Ordinance Preempted by Federal Law

by Stinson Leonard Street on

States and local governments may want to think twice before passing laws that ban or place limitations or conditions on the use of unmanned aircraft flights in the wake of a federal judge's ruling last week in Massachusetts. ...more

Consortiq Software System Demonstrates Security For UAS Is Possible

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drone) security has become a hot topic not only in the United States, but throughout countries around the world as more UAS hit the skies, increasing the potential for hackers to intercept data...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

Singer v. Newton: Making Sense of Federal Preemption and Drone Regulation

Last week US District Judge William G. Young ruled in favor of Dr. Singer in Singer’s lawsuit against the city of Newton, MA (Newton) challenging portions of the city’s local unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drone)...more

Local Drone Law Struck Down by Federal Preemption

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Sept. 21, a federal court for the first time struck down local ordinance attempting to regulate the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) within its jurisdiction. The United States District Court for the...more

Federal court finds that federal law preempts local drone ordinance

by DLA Piper on

In what appears to be the first-ever ruling of its kind, a federal judge in Massachusetts has overturned portions of a local UAS ordinance on grounds that it was preempted by federal law. While the ruling provides some...more

The 2017 Hurricane Season Will Set Many Records – Including for Drone Use

by Locke Lord LLP on

In the wake of record damage by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and potentially additional hurricanes to come, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has begun to open up the skies to the use of drones. To that end,...more

Assessing Drone Industry Successes & Challenges as the FAA's Small Commercial Drone Rule Turns 1

The Federal Aviation Administration's ("FAA's") Part 107 rule for small commercial drone operation, effective as of August 2016, has now been up and running for over a year. In light of this milestone, the FAA recently took...more

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