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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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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 the FAA.  The ruling does not affect existing requirements for commercial operators to register their UAS with the FAA. In response to news events involving careless operators misusing drones, including crashes

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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 Amendment and consider participating in the review process by submitting comments and letting EASA know their views on all aspects of the proposed regulations. Under the current regulations, EASA only regulates large UAS with a maximum take-off

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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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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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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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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, as of 26 December 2015 the EU amended the entries of its Dual-use regime defining which UAVs are subject to export controls. The EU Commission Delegated Regulation 2420/2015 updated Annex I of

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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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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 and foster innovation in the European aviation sector, while at the same time letting passengers profit from an expanded network of safer, cleaner and cheaper flights. Notably, the Aviation Strategy

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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 operation of privately owned UAS, Minister Alexander Dobrindt proposed the following key requirements: All commercially-operated and hobbyist-operated UAS weighing more than 0.5 kg (1.1 lb) will require an individual license

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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