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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Commercial Use

Hogan Lovells

New FAA exemption issued to Avitas Systems, a GE venture, will help expand beyond visual line of sight drone operations

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The commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) market is taking off in the United States and around the world. Recent innovations have transformed what used to be considered toys into powerful tools that provide...more

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

FAA Reauthorization Act Authorizes Major Expansions in Drone Operations

On October 5, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which funds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next five years. In addition to a variety of security and safety...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

FAA Approves Nine New LAANC Service Providers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced new partners in its Low Altitude and Notification Capability (LAANC) initiative. ...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Drone Flights Over Football Fans

For the first time in the U.S., a commercial drone equipped with a parachute safety system was permitted to fly over people during a football game in North Dakota last week....more

Whitman Legal Solutions, LLC

Be Aware of Legal Issues When You “Drone” On Someone Else’s Property

As drones became an affordable consumer item and are increasingly used by law enforcement, they have raised legal questions. The law has not always been quick to respond to privacy and other legal concerns. This article...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

State Farm Uses Drones to Assess Damages from Florence

State Farm has been granted a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver to use drones, under the Small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Rule (or Part 107), to assess damages in communities affected by Hurricane Florence....more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Why Utility Companies Love Drones

It’s true. Utility and power companies really love using drones. While it seems like drones are everywhere now, with trillions of dollars’ worth of industrial infrastructure aging across the country, worker safety and...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Drone Crashes in San Francisco During Building Inspection

While inspecting a cracked window at San Francisco’s tilting Millennium Tower, a drone fell from the sky nearly missing pedestrians below....more

LeClairRyan

Perception Is Reality

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On August 28th the Denver Post reported that the Denver Police Department had shelved a consumer-grade drone recently purchased for nearly $3,000 after the administration nixed the crime lab’s plan to use it to photograph...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Close to 2,000 FAA UAS Waivers in Two Years

Last week, on the two-year anniversary of the small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule (or Part 107), a report was released by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) stating that the Federal...more

Robinson & Cole LLP

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - August 2018 #5

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It has been reported that a hacker was able to break into the servers of TheTruthSpy, a company that is described as “one of the most notorious stalkerware companies out there” (Motherboard, August 2018) and was able to steal...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Large UAS Fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight in North Dakota

At Grand Sky, a commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) focused research and development park in North Dakota, started flying large UAS beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)....more

McGuireWoods LLP

FAA Reauthorization Key to U.S. Competitiveness in UAS Industry

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Despite an abbreviated August recess, the Senate must complete a long legislative to-do list before Sept. 30, when government funding and a number of authorizations — including Federal Aviation Administration authorities —...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

FAA Investigates Near Drone-Helicopter Collision

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began investigating a YouTube video that displays a helicopter almost colliding with a drone right off the coast of Hollywood Beach....more

Robinson & Cole LLP

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - August 2018 #4

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A new ransomware, dubbed “Ryuk,” has surfaced in the last few weeks and is said to be targeting large organizations in the United States. The attackers behind Ryuk have reportedly made more than $640,000 in just two weeks,...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Kansas DOT Launches First BVLOS Flight in FAA Pilot Program

Last week, the Kansas Department of Transportation (DOT), in coordination with 30 other Kansas groups, flew a drone beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aerial...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

New Milestone in U.S. Drone Delivery

Last week, in Blacksburg, Virginia, a 2-year old, Jack Smith, made history. Only six minutes after a technician from Alphabet Inc.’s Wing clicked the “Confirm Order” button on a smartphone app, a drone operated by the...more

Latham & Watkins LLP

Congress Evaluates Regulatory Path Forward for Integrating Drones

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Recent hearings on Capitol Hill highlight issues requiring attention before the drone industry can fully realize its economic value. The value of the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drone) industry has grown to...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Using Drones For Business? Don’t Forget About Insurance

Drone use has grown rapidly in recent years, especially in the commercial sector, where the Federal Aviation Administration projects that the number of units in the commercial small drone fleet will exceed 420,000 units by...more

K&L Gates LLP

Drones (and Insurable Risk) are in the Real Estate Air

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Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), are increasingly being used in the commercial sector. By 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) projects that the number of units in the commercial small UAS...more

K&L Gates LLP

Cleared for Landing: Aviation Newsletter

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Cleared for Landing highlights significant developments and issues relating to aviation law and asset finance globally and is published jointly by our Aviation Industry and Banking & Asset Finance practice groups. This...more

Dentons

A Game of Drones: the advance of remotely piloted aircraft

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The rapidly increasing use of drone technology means that users and operators must be familiar with the legal framework and its regulations. The use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), commonly known as drones, in...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

100,000 Remote Pilot Certificates Issued

As of last week, more than 100,000 Remote Pilot Certifications have been issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for individuals to fly commercial and recreational (those not qualifying as “model aircraft”)...more

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The Sky’s The Limit: Possibilities And Pitfalls Of Drone Use In Real Estate

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Though drones have become more and more ubiquitous in hobbyist circles over the past decade, interest in the small, unmanned aircraft has only recently begun to spread into the commercial realm....more

Blank Rome LLP

The Use of Drones in Creative Industries: Tech versus Artistry

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The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS” and commonly referred to as drones) has exploded over the past few years, with associated technology advancing rapidly. In part, this has been the result of the Federal...more

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