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Category Archives: Drones

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

Posted in Drones Falk Schoening

BREAKING: Germany Proposes New Regulations for Commercial and Hobbyist Unmanned Aircraft Operations

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

Posted in Drones Lisa EllmanE. Tazewell EllettPatrick R. Rizzi

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.… Continue Reading

Posted in Drones Lisa EllmanPatrick R. Rizzi

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 … Continue Reading

Posted in Drones, Policy & Regulation E. Tazewell EllettPatrick R. Rizzi

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 :

  1. all individuals
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Hogan Lovells’ UAS Group Holds Workshop on the Regulatory, Business, and Financial Hurdles to Operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Silicon Valley

The Hogan Lovells Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group recently held a workshop in Silicon Valley on the regulatory, business, and financial hurdles to operating unmanned aircraft systems. The event was of particular interest given the Federal Aviation Administration’s issuance of its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for small UAS operations on February 15 and the White House’s release on the … Continue Reading