Category Archives: Drones

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Says FAA Drone Registration Rules Do Not Apply to “Model Aircraft”

On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion in the case Taylor v. Huerta, Case No. 15-1495. The court concluded that the drone registration rules that the Federal Aviation Administration promulgated … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit Dismisses ‪Drone‬ ‪Privacy‬ Rules Challenge

The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday said it would not review Electronic Privacy Information Center’s, a privacy watchdog, petition to the ‪#‎FAA‬ asking the agency to address privacy concerns raised by drone use. The court found that both of EPIC’s requests … Continue reading

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FAA Approves First Section 333 Exemption for Nighttime Drone Operation

In a major policy shift, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first Section 333 exemption permitting the commercial operation of UAS during night.  On April 18, 2016, the FAA issued exemption No. 16341, (http://1.usa.gov/1rHRMie) permits Industrial Skyworks, Inc. to perform … Continue reading

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Drones Figure Prominently in New FAA Reauthorization Bill

The newly announced H.R. 4441, the “Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthroization Act of 2016” (#AIRR) contained a lengthy section relating to “unmanned aircraft systems,” or drones, as most people know them.  Most of the legislation concerned codifying existing law.  That … Continue reading

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Los Angeles City Attorney Files First Criminal Charges Against Drone Operator; Raises Questions of Federal Pre-Emption

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed criminal charges against two men for flying drones in the vicinity of a hospital and police heliports. They will be the first to face criminal charges under Los Angeles’ new drone restrictions, and … Continue reading

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Drones in the News This Week

Regulation of drones by the FAA tops the coverage of drone activity this week. Appearing before the House Subcommittee on Aviation, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whittaker said that the FAA will finalize its small drone (under 55 lbs) rule sometime in … Continue reading

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Drones Once Again Top Aviation News

Sen Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that he would introduce a bill that would force drone manufacturers to implement technology that would keep “unmanned aerial vehicles” (#UAV) or “unmanned aerial systems” (#UAS) or “drones” as everyone else calls them away from … Continue reading

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