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Drones and Other Stuff: The 2018 FAA Reauthorization

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Readers of Plane-ly Spoken are well aware of the twisting, and sometime torturous path, that FAA reauthorization takes. Competing versions of the reauthorization were introduced in both the House of Representatives and the...more

FAA Reauthorization Provisions Affect Unmanned Aircraft Operations

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U.S. Congress may be entering the home stretch in its efforts to pass a five-year, comprehensive reauthorization of the FAA. Competing versions of the reauthorization were introduced in both the House of Representatives and...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - April 2018 #3

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Inogen, which manufactures portable oxygen devices, has alerted the Securities and Exchange Commission in a recent filing that it is notifying 30,000 individuals that their personal information was compromised when a hacker...more

EPIC Files Suit to Enforce Transparency Obligations related to U.S. Drone Policy

Last week, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (Committee) to enforce the open government obligations of the Committee....more

Update On The FAA Reauthorization Bill

On April 13, 2018, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (Committee) leadership introduced a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4)...more

Government Preparing To Intercept Drones

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The Trump administration is introducing legislation that would allow the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to intercept drones that pose a threat “to the safety or security of a covered facility or...more

Commercial Drone Alliance Asks Congress to Repeal Section 336

The Commercial Drone Alliance (the Alliance) has asked Congress to repeal Section 336 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act (FMRA) of 2012....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - April 2018 #2

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Pipeline Companies Targeted by Cyber-Attacks - Reports show that U.S. energy companies reported more than 350 cybersecurity incidents to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security between 2011 and 2015. Pipeline companies...more

Airplanes Helping Airplanes – Drones in the Aircraft Maintenance World

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Given how few airline accidents have occurred over the past 20 years, people rarely give a second thought to whether or not the aircraft they are boarding is mechanically reliable. ...more

What’s Next?: Drones and transforming policy at GE

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In this episode, Hogan Lovells Partner and Chair of our Unmanned Aircraft Systems group, Lisa Ellman, speaks with Michael Fitzpatrick, head of Regulatory Advocacy at GE, about drones and other innovative technologies that are...more

Announcement of New Alliance for Drone Innovation

This week, a new group of unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) industry leaders announced the creation of the Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI), which is a policy-oriented coalition of manufacturers, suppliers, and...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - April 2018

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On the heels of the ransomware that had the City of Atlanta scrambling last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of “NYC Secure,” a free mobile app that will alert New York City residents of...more

DJI Brings Blockchain to Drones

DJI, one of the world’s leading drone manufacturers, and ShareRing, an Australian-based blockchain startup, have partnered to make sharing and renting drone easy and efficient....more

FAA’s Tips for Applying as a Service Supplier to LAANC

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced its nationwide expansion of its automated airspace approval system, the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), and that it will be taking...more

Drones and Insurance: How Unmanned Aircraft Systems Can Assist Insurers in Timely and Effectively Evaluating Property Damage...

A typical claim for a homeowner will involve some type of damage to the property, which, in turn, prompts the insurer to perform an inspection of the insured property, so as to assess the cause and extent of the alleged...more

CGL and Aviation Insurers: Filling Gaps or Staking Space in the Race for Drones

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Insurers searching for new sources of premium have increasingly looked to drones. But one question has dominated the conversation: who will benefit: the aviation market or traditional general liability insurers? Recent...more

FAA Grants PACI Beyond Visual Line of Sight Part 107 Waiver

Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI) announced this week that it has been granted a Part 107 waiver under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) regulations to fly drones...more

Artificial Intelligence and your business: A guide for navigating the legal, policy, commercial, and strategic challenges ahead

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Virtually all industries are being reshaped with the use of Artificial Intelligence and advanced machine-learning. Everything from healthtech to self-driving vehicles, to education and smart homes, drones and space, social...more

Walmart’s Patent for Drone Customer Service

Walmart recently filed a patent for drones to aid their shoppers inside their stores –that is, a shopper would use a mobile device, provided by the store, to request a drone, and then direct the drone to conduct a price...more

Drone Delivery Canada’s Newest UAS to Carry 400 Pounds

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) began development of its newest drone, the Condor, last week which is being engineered to provide payload capacities of up to 400 pounds. ...more

Virginia Passes Drone Trespassing Bill

Virginia H.B. 638 (the Bill), which concerns unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones), passed the Virginia House and Senate and is now awaiting signature from the governor. ...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - March 2018 #5

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Power Company Fined for Contractor Copying Data to its Own Insecure Network - Vendor management continues to be a problem for all industries, but some are scarier than others. The North American Electric Reliability Corp....more

FAA Issues Refresher on Part 107 Rules

Last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a “refresher” on its Part 107 rule for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) in a “Fact Sheet” available. The Fact Sheet outlines all the basics of...more

Amazon Develops Drones that React to Human Gestures

The technology of U.S. Patent No. 9,921,579, which issued on March 20, 2018, may help Amazon grapple with how flying robots might interact with human bystanders and customers waiting on their doorsteps. Apple engineer...more

New Study Estimates Half of Drone Flights Will be Autonomous by 2022

A new study was released last week by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan which estimates that more than half of the global commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) flights will be conducted autonomously by 2022. The...more

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