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Internet of Things Webinar Recording – Drone Fever: Is your business ready?

In the most recent program part of the Internet of Things Webinar (IoT) Series, speakers Lisa Ellman, Gretchen West, and Matt Clark held a close lens to the exciting topic of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or so-call “drones.” As one of the most evolving subjects in the IoT space, audience members were given an insightful and comprehensive look at the significant legal and regulatory issues surrounding the use of commercial drones. The speakers leveraged their diverse industry knowledge and experience to touch on key points, including: The opportunities and benefits

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No Fly Zone: FCC Proposes $2.8 Million Penalty for Marketing Non-Compliant Drone AV Accessories

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to bring a $2.8 million penalty against HobbyKing for marketing drone-attachable audio/video (AV) transmitters that operate on unauthorized frequencies. For marketers and retailers of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) and attachable devices, this penalty signals that the FCC is cracking down on the makers and marketers of noncompliant UAS and UAS-attachable devices. This penalty also serves as a reminder to operators, who are required to have an FCC license to operate a drone, even if it only operates on amateur frequencies. According the FCC’s Notice of

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The Internet of Things Webinar Series: Drone fever: Is your business ready?

We are pleased to invite you to the next webinar in our Internet of Things series, focusing on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or so-called “drones.” Exploring what is perhaps one of the most dynamic and evolving topics in the IoT space, this webinar promises to be a timely and engaging discussion among attendees. From public safety and disaster response to the infrastructure, film and media industries and beyond, drone adoption by commercial enterprises worldwide continues to grow exponentially. Join Lisa Ellman, Gretchen West, and Matthew Clark as they hold a

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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 in the operation. This is big news and an important step in moving drone policymaking forward. As most of you likely know, the current Part 107, which went into effect

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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 generally traveling no higher than 400 feet, within visual line of sight, away from people and during daytime hours – can now benefit a range of industries in innovative ways. But the

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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 drones to support research and learning in areas like precision agriculture, wildlife habitat monitoring, and aerial surveying and mapping. They are using drones to film football practices, inspect their infrastructure,

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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 privacy watchers is that the FAA punted on the issue of drone privacy standards in the rule.  The rule does not include privacy-specific standards, and the FAA unequivocally stated that

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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 changed effective August 29th. We have reached a milestone for the industry, as the final rule for the operation and certification of small UAS (Part 107) has officially gone into effect –

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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 passengers. The bill aims to enhance airport security, and streamline the process for certifying new safety systems for aircraft. In addition, it seeks to increase consumer protections for passengers and

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Big News: Small UAS Rule at OIRA for Final Review

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 through a review process at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the White House.  OIRA is located within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the

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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) that will broadly authorize commercial operation of UAS. This is a very important step forward and we eagerly await final publication of the rule.  However, as currently drafted, the rule

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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 by Russian President Vladimir Putin, mandates new requirements for the registration and certification of UAS (the bill refers to UAS as Civil Unmanned Aircraft or CUA). According to the bill,

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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 29 December 2015, the date they were issued. The UAS Operation Rules add to a substantial and growing body of new rules applicable to the rapidly developing UAS industry in

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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 the use of UAS. In response to a flurry of local and state UAS policy proposals, the FAA clarified that “A consistent regulatory system for aircraft and use of airspace has

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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 events and hundreds of incidents involving close-encounters between UAS and manned aircraft. In response to these recent news reports, the Department of Transportation (DOT) created a registration task force charged

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Former Obama advisor shares insights on drone transactions

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. Click here for our recent update on drone transactions, as published in our Global Media and Communications Quarterly  

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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 much-anticipated final recommendations report. Here are the key highlights from the RTF’s report to the FAA:

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BREAKING: DOT Accepting Public Comments on UAS Registration Requirements

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. In a surprise move, DOT just published a document, Clarification of the Applicability of Aircraft Registration Requirements for UAS and Request for Information Regarding Electronic Registration for UAS, to the Federal

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Moving UAS Policy Forward: FAA Expands Pathfinder Program to Enhance Drone Detection Efforts Near Airports

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 operations beyond what the FAA initially proposed in the small UAS rule released earlier this year. Testifying before the House Aviation Subcommittee, FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker said that flying

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New Drone Chiefs Appointed at FAA

The FAA announced a long-awaited development: Two officials have been appointed to manage and coordinate the agency’s policymaking on domestic integration of UAS into our national airspace. Read More: Breaking News: New Drone Chiefs Appointed at FAA