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FAA Seeks To Penalize Model Airplane (aka "Drone") Pilot

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") in a careless or reckless manner in violation of...

The U.S. is Fast Becoming the Slowest Adopter of the Latest Advancement in Aviation - the Unmanned Aircraft System, Commonly Known as the Drone

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 is projected to have a positive economic impact...

While FAA Regulations Stay Grounded, State Drone Laws Take Flight

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, but as 2014 ended, the FAA still had no regulation...

FAA Issues New Proposed Rules for Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)

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, a comprehensive integration plan and rules governing...

Ten Key Points to the FAA's Proposed Small UAV Rule

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 state that they would allow crop monitoring...

Don't Forget the Little Guy: FAA's Proposed Rules for "Micro" UAVs

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 considering special, less stringent rules for "micro"...

Drones at the Speedway: A Presentation to The Racing Attorneys Conference (TRAC)

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 posted a link to my presentation here if you...

Insurance Drones: The Headline That Should Have Many Of Us Up In Arms

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 onto my front porch. The awesome guy who delivers...

Unauthorized Drone Operations

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 plane and helicopter pilots this year, including...

FAA Issues $1.9 Million Fine to Drone Operator

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 operators for unlawful flights in the past, but...

FAA Announces Crackdown on Unauthorized Drone Flights

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), commonly known as drones, without proper authorization...