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Unauthorized Drone Operations
Posted on 14 Sep 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

Last month the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that there has been an increase of reports from pilots concerning drones operated near airplanes and helicopters. According to the FAA, there have been more than 650 sightings of drones by... Read More

Drones at the Speedway: A Presentation to The Racing Attorneys Conference (TRAC)
Posted on 20 May 2015 by Todd Janzen

On April 15, 2015 I was on a panel discussing hot topics in the law at The Racing Attorneys Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. I talked about the legalities of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) or "drones" in the motor racing industry. I've... Read More

Tags: UAV , FAA , UAS , unmanned , drones , Aircraft

Ten Key Points to the FAA's Proposed Small UAV Rule
Posted on 14 May 2015 by Todd Janzen

The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has released proposed rules that would govern the integration of “small” unmanned aircraft systems (“small UAS”) into the National Airspace System. The proposed rules specifically... Read More

FAA Issues $1.9 Million Fine to Drone Operator
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Todd Janzen

On October 6, 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an enforcement letter to SkyPan International, Inc. assessing a $1.9 million dollar civil penalty for flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) without permission. The FAA has fined drone... Read More

FAA Seeks To Penalize Model Airplane (aka "Drone") Pilot
Posted on 15 Oct 2013 by Steven M. Siros

In what appears to be a case of first impression, a drone operator that had been hired to take aerial photographs for an advertising agency was assessed a civil penalty of $10,000 for operating an "Unmanned Aircraft System" ("UAS"... Read More

The U.S. is Fast Becoming the Slowest Adopter of the Latest Advancement in Aviation - the Unmanned Aircraft System, Commonly Known as the Drone
Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

By Komal Jain For a split second, it looked like hobbyists and specially authorized users would no longer be the only ones using drones. It seemed entirely possible for the U.S. to catch up to other countries and capitalize on the technology, which... Read More

Don't Forget the Little Guy: FAA's Proposed Rules for "Micro" UAVs
Posted on 19 May 2015 by Todd Janzen

Many articles have been written about the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) proposed rules for "small" unmanned aircraft systems ("small UAS" or "small UAVs"). But most authors have overlooked that the FAA is also... Read More

Tags: UAV , FAA , drone , micro , unmanned , Aircraft

While FAA Regulations Stay Grounded, State Drone Laws Take Flight
Posted on 27 Jan 2015 by Todd Janzen

Indiana is one of at least twelve states that enacted laws this past year limiting use of "unmanned aerial vehicles" (UAVs) or "drones." The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has known about the coming wave of drones for years... Read More

Insurance Drones: The Headline That Should Have Many Of Us Up In Arms
Posted on 15 Jun 2015 by Randy J. Maniloff

Everywhere you turn these days the talk is drones, drones, drones. They supposedly have a million and one uses, including, we’re told, by Amazon for the delivery of packages. I’m dubious that Amazon will ever be dropping books from the sky... Read More

FAA Announces Crackdown on Unauthorized Drone Flights
Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Kevin D. Pomfret , Partner, Williams Mullen The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced on its website that it was stepping up enforcement actions against individuals and organizations that operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS... Read More

FAA Issues New Proposed Rules for Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)
Posted on 30 Apr 2015 by GreenbergTraurig

The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 addressed the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, also known as UAS or drones, into the national airspace system. The Act requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop, among other things... Read More