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Unmanned Aircraft Systems

DOT Approves Ten Pilot Projects for Advanced Drone Operations

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the selection of ten proposals from a field of 149 applications submitted jointly by industry and government entities to conduct advanced drone...more

Drones Used as Source to Infiltrate Corporate Networks

Drones are being used by nefarious actors to spy on networks, intercept data, disrupt communications and hack into servers more than ever. In fact, drones are becoming a more and more prevalent source for infiltrating...more

Air Traffic Control Détente Sends FAA Reauthorization Down the Runway

by K&L Gates LLP on

More than two years after the underlying legislation was first introduced, the House of Representatives voted on April 27, 2018 to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4; the “Act”), a five-year reauthorization of...more

Cooperative Success in Changing the Autonomous Vehicle Legal Landscape

Rumors flew as early as 2016 that Kitty Hawk, a three-year-old corporation backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, had entered the autonomous aerial vehicle space. This March, the world learned that the mysterious flying...more

Commercial Use of Drones – Part 2: Privacy, Local Laws, and Business Considerations

by Morgan Lewis on

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed some of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as UAVs or drones). In this Part 2, we discuss some of...more

UAS Integration Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will now fund double the number of unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) integration projects as it previously has due to a strong response from organizations and companies...more

Medical Drones Bring Healthcare to the Himalayas

Thousands of people living in remote areas of Nepal have no access to healthcare facilities, and many of those people must therefore walk or be carried long distances if they become sick or injured. ...more

Cleared For Takeoff: The UAS Integration Pilot Program Begins!

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The UAS Integration Pilot Program just got its big kick-off, with Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announcing the state, local, and tribal government partnerships that would form the core of the new effort....more

Commercial Use of Drones – Part 1: Complying with FAA Guidelines

by Morgan Lewis on

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—popularly known as drones—have enormous possibilities for use in the business world. In fact, the drone market is expected to exceed $12 billion by 2021. The small size, maneuverability, and...more

Caltech Creating a Drone ‘Personal Rescue System’

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are building a “Personal Rescue System”—or an autonomous drone ambulance—intended to change the future of emergency medical response. ...more

Trump administration announces first round of UAS Integration Pilot Program Participants

by Hogan Lovells on

In a major development for the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drone) industry, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, announced the first round of participants in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s...more

Proposal for FCC Rules for UAS Command and Control Spectrum

by Mintz Levin on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking public comment on a proposal by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) to adopt service rules for the use of 5030-5091 MHz by small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)....more

DOT To Grant Economic Authority For UAS Package Delivery

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it will use its existing exemption authority to grant economic authority to unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) operators who wish to use UAS for package...more

LAANC Beta Test Launched this Week

As of April 30, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun its beta test of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) in the South Central United States....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - May 2018 #1

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Bezop Cryptocurrency Investors’ Personal Information Exposed - Kromtech Security has reported that the sensitive personal information of more than 25,000 investors of Bezop cryptocurrency was exposed when a MongoDB...more

ADG Insights: Artificial Intelligence

by Hogan Lovells on

Through our ADG Insights series, we share with you the top legal and political issues affecting the aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) industry. Our ADG industry team monitors the latest developments to help...more

[Webinar] Drones and Natural Disasters - May 16th, 1:00pm ET

by LeClairRyan on

Whether you’re a public utility, an insurance company, a UAS service provider, or any other business that must respond in the aftermath of a disaster, you cannot miss this webinar. Prior to last year, it was difficult, if...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - April 2018 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

“Orangeworm” Targeting Health Care Industry - In what is being called a systematic targeting of large health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and IT companies and equipment manufacturers that service the...more

Xcel Energy Receives FAA Waiver for Beyond Visual Line of Sight

Last week, Xcel Energy (Xcel), Colorado’s largest utility company, received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for drone operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)....more

Drones and Other Stuff: The 2018 FAA Reauthorization

by LeClairRyan on

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

by LeClairRyan on

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

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

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

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

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