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DC Court of Appeals Strikes Down FAA Drone Registration Rule for Hobbyist

In a ruling issued last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the FAA’s Registration Rule for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) that are operated for recreational purposes, otherwise known as “model aircraft.” If the ruling stands, hobbyist and recreational drone enthusiasts will no longer be required to register their drones with … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones Falk Schoening

New EASA Consultation: Are Drone Pilots Heading for a Period of Regulatory Turbulence?

On 12 May 2017 the European Aviation Safety Agency (“EASA“) opened a consultation into sweeping new regulations on the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or drones) in European airspace. Individuals and companies that are interested in the future of UAS operations in the European Union (“EU”) should carefully review the Notice of Proposed … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones, Policy & Regulation Falk SchoeningChristian Ritz

Sky full of drones – Germany opens up for new drone opportunities as it introduces its new UAS Regulation

Germany has introduced a new “Regulation for the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems” (“Drone-Regulation“). On 7 April 2017, the new Drone-Regulation entered into force adapting national legislation to the risk-based approach of the European Union and setting the way for innovative technologies. However, the new rules also contain identification and qualification obligations as well as strict … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones, Policy & Regulation Lisa EllmanPatrick R. RizziE. Tazewell Ellett

Big News: Proposed Small UAS Rule for Flights Over People at White House for Review

White House Open to Stakeholder Meetings about Drone Operations Over People

In a major new development, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just sent to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) the proposed rulemaking for performance-based standards and means-of-compliance for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or “drones”) over unsheltered people not directly participating … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones, Policy & Regulation Falk Schoening

The European Parliament pushes for an EU-wide regulation for UAS

The split of competences between the European Union (“EU”) and its Member States has been a point of friction in the setting out of the future European rules on unmanned aircraft system (“UAS”). In December 2015, the European Commission advocated in its Aviation Strategy for the need for a common regulatory framework across the EU to ensure a single … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones Lisa EllmanPatrick R. Rizzi

Part 107 Progress Report: How’s It Going?

It’s now been over two months since Part 107, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new rule for the first time broadly authorizing commercial drone operations in the United States, went into effect.  The commercial drone industry has hailed the rule as a critical step forward, and indeed it is.  Drone operations that comply with the rule’s flight restrictions – including … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones, Policy & Regulation Lisa EllmanPatrick R. Rizzi

Drones on Campus: Navigating the FAA’s New Small UAS Rule

On September 21, Hogan Lovells’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems lawyers Lisa Ellman, Patrick Rizzi, Matthew Clark, and Elizabeth Meer presented a webinar on Drones on Campus: Navigating the FAA’s New Small UAS Rule.

Colleges and universities across the country are finding new and innovative ways to use unmanned aircraft or “drones.” To name just a few, higher education institutions are using … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones Federico Hernández Arroyo

New Drone Regulations in Mexico

On May 31, 2016, the Mexican Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) issued a new mandatory circular CO AV-23/10 R3 (the Circular) applicable to all Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).   The Circular updates and replaces the prior version published in 2015[1], considering the new international practices in the sector [in bracket we will highlight the main changes].   The Circular is
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Posted in Drones Lisa EllmanJared Bomberg

The Federal Aviation Administration’s De Facto Drone Privacy Standards

On August 29, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA”) long-awaited small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or “drone”) rule went into effect, for the first time broadly authorizing commercial drone operations.  This is a positive step, as drones have great safety and efficiency benefits for the public.  Nevertheless, the American public remains concerned about drone privacy issues.

The prevailing thinking among … Continue Reading

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Hogan Lovells assists CNN to become first US company granted right to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems ‘over people’

Hogan Lovells announced on 29 August 2016, that it successfully assisted CNN in its receipt of a first of its kind waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to legally fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) across the country for news gathering and reporting activities ‘over people.’

CNN’s success comes at a critical moment for the UAS industry. Part 107 of … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones E. Tazewell EllettLisa Ellman

US: A Historic Day for Commercial Drones: Part 107 Takes Flight

Until this week, any company looking to fly drones to enhance its business operations – whether for disaster response, infrastructure inspection, agriculture, newsgathering, filmmaking, aerial photography, or anything else – had to apply for a special exemption from the FAA. That “Section 333 Exemption” approval process was burdensome and costly, and constrained true expansion within the drone industry.

That has … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones Patrick R. Rizzi

Drones on Campus: FAA Opens Door to Expanded Student Drone Use in the Classroom

Colleges and universities across the country are finding new and innovative ways to use drones in the classroom.  To name just a few, institutions of higher education are using drones to support research and learning in areas like precision agriculture, wildlife habitat monitoring, and aerial surveying and mapping.

While speaking at the AUVSI annual conference in New Orleans … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones, Policy & Regulation Lisa EllmanE. Tazewell Ellett

Senate Advances FAA Reauthorization Legislation with Passage of Bill

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization legislation took a major step forward on April 19th as the Senate overwhelmingly passed its bill 95-3. Although it is only an 18 month bill (the measure authorizes FAA programs until Sept. 30, 2017), the bill includes many reforms that impact airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturers and operators, and airline … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones Lisa Ellman

FAA Task Force Unveils Recommendations for UAS Flights Over People

Across the country and around the world, companies are more excited than ever about the benefits unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can offer. This is evidenced by the large number of Section 333 Exemptions that have been authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) —over 4,500 as of today.

Last February the FAA published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones E. Tazewell EllettLisa Ellman

Russia Set to Mandate UAS Registration and Certification

Russia is set to mandate new UAS registration and certification requirements that will affect businesses using, manufacturing and/or importing UAS into Russia.

Russia’s new federal law, “On introducing amendments to the Air Code of the Russian Federation regarding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles” became effective yesterday, March 30, 2016. The bill, which was signed into law December 30, 2015 … Continue Reading

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Moving UAS Policy Boundaries Forward: Flights Near People (Take-Two)

Last week the FAA announced the creation of a new aviation rulemaking (ARC) committee to study and recommend rules for authorizing some unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) to fly over people.  The task force will be composed of various industry stakeholders, including UAS manufacturers, operators, academics and trade organizations.  The recommendations made by this task force, and the rules … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones, Policy & Regulation Jun WeiE. Tazewell EllettLisa EllmanPatrick R. RizziLu Zhou

China Launches First Operational Rules for Civil Unmanned Aircraft

China’s civil flight authority, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), has issued new rules applicable to civil unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drones or UAS, weighing no more than 116 kg. The new rules are styled as the Provisions for the Operation of Light and Small Unmanned Aircraft (for Trial Implementation) (the UAS Operation Rules) and became effective on … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones Lourdes CatrainAjay KuntamukkalaFalk Schoening

Extended Export Control Rules for UAVs in the EU Enacted

The framework for the regulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”) is currently intensely debated in the US, the EU and EU Member States. While the focus of this discussion relates to the operation of drones in a commercial and hobbyist environment, UAVs are also subject to export control regulation.

In a move to update its export control regulations, … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones Lisa Ellman

FAA Warns State and Local Governments on Impermissible Regulation of UAS

The FAA’s Office of Chief Counsel released new guidance for state and local government authorities as they increasingly seek to regulate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones. The FAA’s State and Local Regulation of UAS Fact Sheet provides basic information about the federal regulatory framework for use by states and localities when considering proposing legislation or ordinances that would affect … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones Lisa EllmanE. Tazewell EllettPatrick R. Rizzi

FAA Releases Rule on UAS Registration Requirements

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that nearly 800,000 small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, will be sold this holiday season, and expects sales of an additional 1.9 million UAS to hobbyist and recreational users in 2016. Over the past year we have witnessed a surge in news events involving careless operators misusing drones, including crashes at stadium sporting Continue Reading

Posted in Drones Falk Schoening

The New EU Aviation Strategy: Take-off for the UAS Industry?

In the wake of Germany’s new proposed regulations for commercial and hobbyist UAS (drone) operators, announced last month, the European Commission (EC) earlier this week revealed a broad new strategy to ensure that the European aviation sector remains competitive and reaps the benefits of a fast-changing and developing global economy. The EC’s new Aviation Strategy is designed to generate growth … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones E. Tazewell EllettLisa EllmanPatrick R. Rizzi

FAA Task Force Recommends Sweeping UAS Registration Requirements

As previously reported here and here, a month ago on October 19, 2015, the Department of Transportation (DOT) created a registration task force (RTF) charged with making recommendations to the FAA on what mandatory registration of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including those used for recreational or hobby use, should look like. Yesterday, the FAA publicly released the RTF’s … Continue Reading