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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

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

New FAA Waiver Issued to CNN Will Help Expand Commercial Drone Operations Over People

by Hogan Lovells on

Drones are the future of transportation and information technology. Recent innovations have transformed what used to be considered toys into powerful tools that provide substantial safety and efficiency benefits to commercial...more

The Future of Part 107 sUAS Regulations and the 2017 Regulatory and Legislative Outlook for Commercial Drone Operations

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The FAA’s new Part 107 regulations concerning small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“sUAS”) went into effect August 29, 2016, boosting investments in the expanding commercial UAS market. Additional FAA regulations,...more

Commercial Drone Pilot Alert: FAA Policy Changes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently made some Section 333 policy changes that may have slipped under some commercial pilots’ radars. Back in November, the FAA posted a document in the Federal Register that...more

The FAA’s New Drone Regulations

by Baker Donelson on

The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or, colloquially, drones) is becoming more prolific. In the oil and gas context, drones can play a key role in conducting risky oilfield operations. The uses for drones in the...more

From Section 333 Exemptions to Part 107 – The Smooth Transition

The FAA’s new rule (or Part 107) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (also known as sUAS or drones) took effect on Monday, August 29, 2016. Existing Section 333 Exemption holders may choose to continue operating under the...more

Cleared for Takeoff – FAA Commercial Drone Rule In Effect and 600,000 Expected Flying This Year

The wait is over for businesses across the United States eager to fly small drones (also known as small unmanned aircraft systems or sUAS). The new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule regarding commercial operation of...more

Ready For Takeoff! FAA’s New Commercial Drone Rule Takes Effect on August 29, 2016

The FAA’s new final rule, which will revolutionize commercial operations of small drones (also known as small Unmanned Aircraft Systems or “sUAS”), will become effective on Monday, August 29, 2016. The FAA is replacing its...more

Section 333 Petitions on Hold

The FAA has stopped processing Section 333 Exemption applications. With thousands of petitions in the queue, the FAA will make applicants that would qualify to operate under Part 107 wait until the new rule is effective in...more

FAA Issues Final Rule for Operators of Drones (Small UAS) – Part 107

by Williams Mullen on

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its final rule on how businesses may use small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The rule, which is commonly known as Part 107, is expected to take effect in...more

FAA Regs For Small Drones — A Step In The Right Direction

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On June 21, 2016, after a long wait and much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it had finalized the regulations that will govern the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in...more

New Commercial Drone Rules Take Flight: Understanding Implications, Opportunities, and What’s Next

by K&L Gates LLP on

America’s skies will be open for business as a result of new rules released by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) regarding the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS”), or “drones.” (See our...more

FAA Releases New Commercial Drone Regulations, Section 333 Exemption Holders Get “Grandfathered” Compliance Status

by Buchalter on

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) announced the finalization of its long-awaited Final Rule governing routine commercial operation of unmanned aircraft systems weighing 55 lbs. or less. The new 14 C.F.R. Part...more

UAS in the USA: An Overview of the FAA's New Drone Rules

by Brooks Pierce on

On June 21, 2016, the FAA announced its new rules to govern non-hobbyist small UAS (“sUAS” or “drones”) operations. Gluttons for punishment can read the entire 624-page FAA document here; others can read a summary of the...more

Countdown Begins! FAA’s New sUAS Rules Become Effective on August 29, 2016

Today, the FAA’s new rules regarding the commercial operation of small UAS (sUAS), which will be codified as 14 C.F.R. Part 107, were published in the Federal Register.  The new rules will become effective on August 29, 2016....more

Drones: FAA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On Tuesday, June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration issued Part 107, the Final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Rule comes sixteen months after the FAA issued its Notice...more

Drone on Drones: FAA Commercial Drone Regulations Finalized

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The FAA finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems this week, beginning the process towards full integration of drones into domestic airspace. The regulations, which in...more

FAA Releases Long-Awaited Rule for Commercial Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

A key milestone in regulating the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule overhauls the current case-by-case exemption regime, establishes an...more

FAA Issues Major New Rules Permitting Commercial Use of Drones

by Cozen O'Connor on

The FAA has issued its long awaited final rule regarding the certification and commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the U.S. National Airspace System. Once effective, the rule will allow certain...more

Drones in the Sky: An Analysis of FAA’s Milestone Rules for Commercial Operations

A key milestone in regulating the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule overhauls the current case-by-case exemption regime, establishes an...more

FAA’s New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft

by Perkins Coie on

Since the Federal Aviation Administration issued its proposed rules for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in February of 2015, the industry has been eagerly waiting to learn what the final rules will be. On Tuesday, June...more

FAA Releases Commercial Drone Regulations

On Tuesday, the FAA issued its long-awaited commercial drone regulations allowing for a wide range of unmanned aircraft operations without further FAA approval. These regulations are contained in new 14 C.F.R. Part 107 and...more

FAA Issues Final Rule for Businesses to Use Drones

by Williams Mullen on

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued its final rule on how businesses may use small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), often referred to as drones. The rule, which will be commonly known as Part 107, is expected...more

New Era of Commercial Drone Operations Cleared for Takeoff

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its highly anticipated and long-awaited final rules for commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), or “drones,” on June 21, 2016. The new rules represent...more

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