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"Fans of the Predators say the $20 million aircraft are a perfect platform to keep a watchful eye on America’s rugged borders, but critics say the drones are expensive, invasive and finicky toys that have done little — compared with what Border Patrol agents do on the ground...

DHS Detaines, Questions Pakistani Politician over Drone Views

"Pakistani politician Imran Kahn, a vocal critic of U.S. drone strikes, was briefly delayed and questioned by U.S. immigration officials in Toronto before being allowed to board a flight to New York, prompting his party to demand an apology from Washington. Khan told his followers on Twitter that...

Border Drones Fly Into Fight Over Immigration

"The runways at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., are busy. This is where the Army tests its military drones, where it trains its drone pilots, and where four Customs and Border Protection drones take off and land. From here, the CBP drones survey the Arizona-Mexico border — mainly looking for immigrants...

Will Drones Be Used By Government Agencies To Monitor Agriculture?

All of the excitement over drones lately has made me wonder how more widespread use of drones will affect agriculture. We got a preview of the issue last year, when one Congressman falsely accused the EPA of using military drones to spy on farmers. It is true the EPA uses aerial surveillance to look...

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...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Bryant Signs Off On Mississippi Sentencing Overhaul

BRYANT SIGNS OFF ON MS SENTENCING OVERHAUL: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed prison sentence reform legislation last week that supporters say could save the Magnolia State $266 million over the next decade. The bill, HB 585, requires those convicted of a violent offense to serve at least 50 percent...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Washington Governor Inslee Shoots Down Drone Bill

INSLEE SHOOTS DOWN WA DRONE BILL: Saying it did not go far enough to protect citizens' privacy, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) vetoed a measure last week (HB 2789) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], that would have imposed strict limits on the use of drone aircraft in the Evergreen...

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...

Privacy Concerns Escalate as Drones Are About to Take-Off

The widely-anticipated commercial deployment of drones piques the interest of critical infrastructure industries, the agricultural sector, and technology companies such as Amazon . Consistent with this commercial interest and its Congressional mandate , the FAA is developing proposed regulations for...

DHS Inspector General: CBP Drone Program 'Does Not Achieve Intended Results'

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations - Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years, CBP cannot prove that the program is effective...

FAA Approves Ag Drone Flights for One Company: Is Decision a Road Map for Others?

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted a Washington company (Advanced Aviation Solutions LLC) an exemption to fly unmanned aerial vehicles ("UAVs" or "drones") commercially for "precision agriculture" and "crop scouting" purposes. In general, FAA regulations...

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...

Talking Big Data and Drones on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick

I was recently lucky enough to be interviewed by Gerry Dick for his television show Inside Indiana Business. I was joined by Beck's Hybrid's Jim Shertzer who leads FARMserver , a web-based farm data storage and analysis tool. These are exciting times for agriculture! You can watch the video by...

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...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert – 900 MHz Broadband, Drones, Net Neutrality, FirstNet, NG911, And Data Security

900 MHz Reallocation | Almost a dozen parties filed comments last week in response to the FCC’s Public Notice seeking input on a supplement to the Petition for Rulemaking filed jointly by Pacific DataVision, Inc. (PDV) and the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA). The Petition seeks to realign...

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...