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New Drone Provisions Enacted Through National Defense Legislation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Dec. 12, 2017, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA), authorizing appropriations for various military and national defense programs. The NDAA also contained two...more

Aviations Happenings - Winter 2017

In this issue - 3D Printing: Not Your Old Dot Matrix Printer! - • District Court Again Upholds $2.8 Million Verdict Against Engine Manufacturer in Plane Crash Litigation - • Nebraska Supreme Court Upholds Defense...more

“Sir/Madam, Show Me Your License and Registration”

by LeClairRyan on

The long and tortured path to mandatory registration of all hobby aircraft appears finally to be at an end. After a seven month hiatus, the law is changing once again, and the registration requirement is being reinstated....more

‘Tis the season for drones- so learn the rules of the sky

by LeClairRyan on

Predictions about the number of drones that will be given as gifts this holiday season have “taken off.” According to the Consumer Technology Association, Americans will buy about 1.6 million drones over the holidays, nearly...more

“This is Your Flight Attendant Speaking . . .”

by LeClairRyan on

Flight attendants play a vital role in commercial air transportation. Not only do they help facilitate travel, they also serve a critical function in the event of an emergency. In addition, according to a new ruling from...more

Trump Announces Drone Integration Pilot Program

by Snell & Wilmer on

On October 25, President Trump issued a memorandum directing Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local...more

The Benefits and Hurdles of Using Drones for Conservation Surveillance

Drone technology has a myriad of conservation and environmental-protection applications. Drones offer quick, easy and cost-effective aerial imaging as well as sensor and monitoring capabilities. Unlike traditional surveying...more

Local Drone Law Preempted

by Snell & Wilmer on

On September 21, 2017, in what is believed to be the first federal court ruling on the issue of local drone regulation, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Singer v. City of Newton,...more

Fourth Circuit Issues Ruling Protecting Actions of Nuclear Plant Operator

On November 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided the case of Cox, et al., v. Duke Energy, Inc. et al., affirming the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina’s grant of the...more

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

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration, has announced details of the UAS Integration Pilot Program, a new program focused on developing and advancing new technologies,...more

UAS Integration Pilot Program: Notice of Intent Deadlines for Lead Applicant, Interested Parties Quickly Approaching

by LeClairRyan on

The White House recently announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, permitting state and local governments to partner with private entities to conduct cutting edge work associated with extending...more

UAS Integration Program - Up And Running

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

President Trump's administration has announced the creation of a new Integration Pilot Program. According to the president, “Our nation will move faster, fly higher, and soar proudly toward the next great chapter of American...more

Attention All 134.5 Operators, Your FAA Inspector Is Coming

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

We don’t have a crystal ball but it doesn’t take magic to recognize the warning signs to operators conducting illegal charter flights. For those who aren’t familiar, Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (“FARs”)...more

November 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses new restrictions on Cuba travel, DOT’s Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program, new DOT drug testing requirements for safety-sensitive...more

Tethered Drone Operator’s Part 107 Waiver Granted by FAA

A Columbus, Ohio based company, CivitasNow, has just become the second company ever (CNN was the first) to be granted a Part 107 waiver to fly drones over people by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ...more

Anti-Drone Technology—a Billion Dollar Business?

While unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) are banned from flying over military bases, there isn’t much legally that the military can do to stop a drone intruder. However, if they were given the authority to stop these...more

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

Administration’s Drone Pilot Program to Spur Innovative Drone Use

by Jones Day on

To promote the integration of drone technology, the White House’s three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program partners the federal government with state, local, and tribal governments in the development,...more

Buckle Your Seat Belts: Federal Government Launches Pilot Program Designed To Accelerate Integration Of Commercial Drones Into The...

by Roetzel & Andress on

On October 25, 2017, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Transportation to establish an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) Integration Pilot Program, with the intention of accelerating...more

FAA Details Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a notice on the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program on November 8, 2017. Here is an overview of the program...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

DOT and FAA's Unmanned Aircraft System Pilot Integration Program: seeking applications from State, Local and Tribal Nation...

by DLA Piper on

Yesterday, the US Department of Transportation introduced its new Drone Integration Pilot Program that was initiated by an October 25, 2017, Presidential Memorandum to the Secretary of Transportation....more

Drone Advisory Group Raising Regulation Questions

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Washington Post recently reported that an advisory group has been conducting meetings and operational tests with a view toward formulating recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding drone...more

What’s New in Washington - November 2017

Congress continues its heavy workload with the Thanksgiving recess roughly three weeks away. On October 26, the House passed the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution by the slim margin of 216-212—opening the door for...more

DOT Launches Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

by Morgan Lewis on

The private sector is invited to partner with state, local, and tribal governments on the program, which promotes drone innovation and integration....more

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