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
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
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
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
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
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
|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, considering the new international practices in the sector [in bracket we will highlight the main changes]. The Circular is|
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
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
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
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
In a major new development, the FAA has sent the Small UAS NPRM to the White House for a final interagency review. This means that a final small UAS rule is coming soon – and that NOW is the last opportunity to influence the rule before it is released.
Before any significant regulatory action takes effect, it first must go … Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
Lisa Ellman, a former advisor to the Obama administration on innovation and emerging technology, former head of drone policy for the Department of Justice, and now a Partner in our Washington, D.C. office and head of the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Group, speaks about drone deals, valuation and regulatory trends.
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
On 9 November, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure proposed new rules for commercial and hobbyist unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone operations. If implemented, the proposed rules will open the door to new UAS commercial opportunities in Europe’s largest economy.
Citing a lack of regulations to confront growing public safety concerns associated with the use and … Continue Reading
On Monday, October 19, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the creation of a task force charged with developing a registration process for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, for both commercial and hobbyist use. Secretary Foxx directed the task force to deliver its recommendations by November 20, with the goal of having final registration rules in place by mid-December.… Continue Reading
The FAA announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its UAS Pathfinder Program to include an agreement with CACI International Inc. to evaluate how the company’s technology can help detect UAS in the vicinity of airports. Launched in May of this year, the FAA’s Pathfinder Program allows the FAA to collaborate with industry partners to explore the future of UAS … Continue Reading
Across the country, we’re in the midst of “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) fever” – industries from media, agriculture and energy to insurance, real estate and construction are seeking FAA approvals to fly UAS in the United States. UAS technology has improved at a rapid pace, and offer a vast array of safety and efficiency benefits to companies for a wide … Continue Reading
On 29 March, the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (the “Commissioner“) published a guidance note that supplements previous guidance on the use of closed circuit television systems and for the first time addresses the increasing use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS“, or, more popularly, “drones”). The Commissioner’s guidance is the first significant regulatory engagement … Continue Reading