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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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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 this morning, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the release of a new Legal Interpretation that will expand the scope of permissible UAS operations by students and educational institutions.  The FAA’s principal conclusions

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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 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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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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The Mexican Civil Aviation Authority has issued a new mandatory circular for all Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operations

On April 8, 2015, the DGAC issued a new mandatory circular CO AV-23/10 R2 that “establishes the requirements to operate RPAS” (the Circular) to be more in line with the regulatory regimes of other countries that have developed such regulations. The Circular supersedes and replaces the prior mandatory circular CO AV-23/10 R1. The Circular is applicable to : all individuals and entities that intend to operate or currently operate RPAS; all RPAS operating in Mexico, including those belonging to the Mexican government, except for those having a national security purpose;