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D.C. Court of Appeals Denies Petition Seeking Review of FAA Airworthiness Directive

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decision to publish an airworthiness directive ordering the removal of certain cylinder assemblies used in piston...more

FAA Plans to Bring LAANC to 500 More Airports by Next Month

On March 6, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the nationwide expansion of its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) to 500 more airports, and include 300 air traffic control...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - March 2018 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Verizon's Protected Health Information Data Breach Report Concludes that Insiders Are Greatest Threat to Health Care Entities - Verizon recently issued its Protected Health Information Data Breach Report, which is always...more

Massive Adoption of Drones; Safety Still Top Concern for Officials

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) co-hosted Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland last week, all speakers agreed...more

Summary of Congressional Hearing: “The State of Aviation Safety” Part II

by LeClairRyan on

In Part I of this post, we summarized the statements of Subcommittee Chairman LoBiondo and FAA and NASA witnesses at the February 27 hearing on “The State of Aviation Safety” conducted by the Subcommittee on Aviation of the...more

Drones – When Things Go Wrong

Over the last several years, drones have rapidly grown in popularity. From quick deliveries during rush hour to reaching an otherwise inaccessible military base, drones are proving to be extremely advantageous where humans...more

Remote Identification of Drones: For Commercial Operators Only or Hobbyists Too?

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received recommendations regarding remote identification of drones in a report from the unmanned aircraft Identification and Tracking (UAS ID) Aviation Rulemaking...more

Autonomous Drones: Rise Of The Machines

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the New York City Drone Film Festival in Tribeca and appear on a panel with some of my Fox colleagues about legal issues in the drone world. I also watched the panel on drone...more

Aviation Happenings - Spring 2018 - Part A

...California District Court Dismisses Suit Against Airbus and Rolls Royce on Forum Non Conveniens Grounds - On December 11, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted defendants Airbus S.A.S....more

Kansas State Offers UAS Training for First Responders

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus began working with law enforcement partners in the area to offer a training course specifically targeted for first responders seeking to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones)...more

Supreme Court to Clarify Applicability of Arbitration Act to Transportation Contracts

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Feb. 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, which should provide guidance as to the circumstances in which the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applies to interstate transportation...more

Close Calls with Drones Increasing Dramatically

Aviation regulators, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, have been investigating a flurry of close calls between consumer drones and manned aircraft,...more

Charleston Helicopter Crash: Possibly 1st Aviation Accident Caused by a Drone

Federal investigators are investigating a helicopter crash that occurred on Daniel Island (near Charleston, South Carolina) that may have been caused by a drone. The helicopter pilot reported to investigators that he crashed...more

Texas Dept. of Public Safety Launches Drone Program

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has launched a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) program for public safety purposes....more

Drone Policies & the Construction Industry

Kilpatrick Townsend attorneys, Brian Gaudet, David Lynch and Courtney Lynch want to make sure that the construction industry is prepared for the use of drones. This new technology creates some great opportunities, but also...more

White House Infrastructure Plan — Perspectives for the P3 Market

On February 12, 2018, the Trump administration released its long-awaited infrastructure plan, titled “A Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” (the Plan). In 50-plus pages, the Plan sets forth a...more

President Trump Continues to Make Unmanned Aircraft Systems a Priority

The President’s fiscal 2019 (FY19) budget proposal was outlined yesterday, and it shows a willingness to invest in the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones into the National Airspace System, to the...more

Validity of Ball State University Drone Policy Questioned

Public Relations and Government Affairs Director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Chad Budreau, says that Ball State University’s (Ball State) “Policy for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)” violates the...more

North Carolina Seeks to Deliver Emergency Supplies via Drone

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) and state officials are currently building plans to use drones to deliver emergency supplies across the state; however, several hurdles need to be overcome first....more

Drone Detection Technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

This past weekend, Scottsdale, Arizona police used new drone detection technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to keep attendees (and players) safe....more

GAO Questions FAA’s Methodology for Determining Shared Industry-Liability Risks for Commercial Space Launch Accidents

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For the second time in 10 months, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has questioned the FAA’s calculations in determining the proper balancing of risk between the federal government and the commercial space...more

States Rev Up Drone Oversight

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report surveys proposed drone legislation in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Vermont, and West Virginia and discusses recent drone...more

Aviation Law News Alert: What We Can Learn From A Glider Who Flew Too Close To A Nuclear Power Plant

In the case of William Cox, personal representative for the estate of Robin Fleming, vs. Duke Energy, et. al. the Fourth Circuit recently addressed a glider pilot’s arrest for flying too close to a nuclear power plant, the...more

EPIC’s Standing Questioned in FAA Case

On January 25, 2018, oral arguments were heard in Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) case by a D.C. Circuit panel. The court questioned EPIC’s standing to contest the...more

U.S. Court Favors Aircraft Financier in Non-Citizen Trust Case

District court case shines a light on the extent and limits of a lender’s duties in both structuring loan transactions and exercising remedies. Borrowers need to be mindful in structuring the tax and cross-border aspects...more

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