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Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: FAA’s UAS Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Issues Final Report

by Williams Mullen on

The FAA’s UAS Identification and Tracking (“UAS ID”) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) published its final report on December 19, 2017. The ARC, which was chartered to provide recommendations to the FAA regarding...more

DOT v. FAA: Oversight of regional Air Carriers

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A just-released report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) points to the importance of the regional airline industry in safely transporting passengers, economic changes buffeting...more

Drones May Improve Safety and Efficiency for U.S. Airport Operations

While it may seem counter-intuitive, airports might just be one of the safest places for drones to fly; that is, with the caveat that drone flight in the unregulated airspace around the airports is clearly not safe and not...more

It’s Not Nice to Fool The NTSB

by LeClairRyan on

Those of us of a certain age will remember the television ad for margarine that tastes so much like butter that even Mother Nature is fooled. When Mother Nature learns that the product is not her “delicious butter,” she...more

Stanford Medical Center Seeks FAA Approval for Blood Delivery by Drone

Stanford Medical Center (Stanford) is pursuing a new concept in the health care world—blood delivery to hospitals by drones. Currently, Stanford is seeking the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval for this type of...more

Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program Gets Extended to Drug and Alcohol Programs, Unless…

by LeClairRyan on

The Federal Aviation Administration relies heavily on voluntary compliance with its regulations. As part of its strategy, the FAA encourages regulated entities to participate in voluntary disclosure reporting programs (VDRP)...more

Rise of the Drones: Flying Over Newton and Registration Requirements Reinstated

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The skies are a little friendlier for drones now that the Dutch police have suspended their squad of drone-hunting eagles. This is also great news for retailers, as drone popularity continues to soar with overall electronics...more

Drones and Liability—Four Ways to Protect Yourself

by LeClairRyan on

A gas company needs to inspect a far-flung pipeline. A brokerage firm seeks aerial views of a shopping mall. A pizza chain envisions delivering a pie to home plate as part of a baseball-themed ad campaign. In each of these...more

ML Strategies Outlook for 2018

With the start of a new year, Congress returns to Washington for the second session of the 115th Congress, while President Trump readies for his first State of the Union on January 30, 2018. The legislative agenda for the...more

Surprising Predictions for the Commercial Drone Industry in 2018

2017 marked a big year for the commercial drone industry; for starters, it was the first full year of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 operating license. Now, there are over 70,000 pilots flying drones all...more

Drones and the Future of Watching Sports

Some may consider drones to be annoying and noisy, but in the next few years, drones are going to become quiet, small, safe and almost effortless to fly. ...more

Drone Détente: Administration Signals Movement on Key Rules

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Based on a pair of recent actions relating to unmanned aircraft systems, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration appears to be making progress toward publishing long-awaited rules of interest to potential...more

FAA Releases Drone Identification and Tracking Report that the FAA Will Consider in Drafting its Final Rule on In-Flight Drone...

Law enforcement agencies want accountability when it comes to drone flights, especially when those flights are over people. Enabling a drone and its owner/operator to be quickly identified by law enforcement is necessary...more

A Brief Review Of Key Legal Issues Affecting Drones In 2017

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Now that 2017 is wrapped up, a look back at what happened in drone world in 2017 and a look to what might happen in 2018 is warranted. While there were several exciting developments, this article will focus on a handful of...more

Recreational Drone Registration Requirement Has Returned

Back on December 21, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required drone owners to register their drones if their drones weighed more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds (small drones). The registration was...more

Drone Restrictions Over Certain Military Bases, Landmarks, And Department Of Energy Facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA’s”) authority to institute airspace restrictions derives from 14 CFR § 99.7, “Special Security Instructions,” which is intended to address national security concerns from the...more

Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 4

The Buy American Act: Are You Compliant? - The federal government has a long-standing pref­erence for incorporating domestic materials and products into public construction projects. While a number of statutes and...more

End of the Year Updates from the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration

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The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a flurry of announcements to close out 2017. In addition to recapping several previous publications, the FAA released a new Advisory...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Apple has pushed an update to iOS 11.2 to its users. Users should consider pushing any updates that are recommended by the manufacturer, as there is usually a reason behind the update, and many times it is to fix a...more

President Trump Reinstates the FAA Drone Registration Requirement

By signing the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, President Donald Trump reinstated the requirement for recreational drone operators to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The requirement was...more

Alert: FAA Expands Drone No-Fly Zones

by Cooley LLP on

The FAA has issued a notice announcing that it is expanding the list of areas special permission is required to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones) to cover seven sites operated by the federal Department of Energy,...more

Drone v. Helicopter: And the loser is…

by LeClairRyan on

The NTSB Report into the midair collision between a DJI Phantom and an army Blackhawk helicopter has been released and not surprisingly, the probable cause of the accident was sUAS pilot error....more

FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee: Final Report recommends standards for UAS remote ID and tracking

by DLA Piper on

On December 19, the FAA's Unmanned Aviation System Identification and Tracking (UAS-ID) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) released a Final Report detailing its recommendations to the agency. Earlier this year, the FAA...more

Controversial UAS Remote ID and Tracking ARC Report Published By FAA Yesterday

by Hogan Lovells on

Last year, for the first time, the FAA broadly authorized commercial drones here in the United States. Since that time, the commercial drone industry has grown to a level few could have imagined only a couple of years ago. ...more

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