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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

White House Memo Will Impact How Federal Contractors Can Use Drones
Posted on 8 Jun 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Kevin D. Pomfret , Robert E. Korroch & Anthony H. Anikeeff There has been a great deal written about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) recent release of proposed regulations concerning the commercial use of Unmanned... Read More

Tags: UAV , drone , aerial , UAS , unmanned , Aircraft

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

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