Note: In light of the FAA’s announcement of the drone registry, we’ve revisited our recent analysis of its authority to require registration.] On December 14, 2015, the FAA issued the much-anticipated “Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft Interim Final Rule” (the “Interim Final …›
Task Force Makes Drone Registration Recommendations Expected to Be Adopted by the FAA, But on What Authority?
On November 21, 2015, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee, chartered by the FAA, issued its Final Report to the FAA containing the Task Force’s recommendations for how the FAA should implement a national drone registry system. With the dueling …›
On October 19, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced a plan to require unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV or “drone”) users to register their UAVs with the FAA. While commercial users were already subject to registration …›
Friendly Skies in California After Governor Brown Vetoes Drone Restrictions, Federal Response Uncertain
Iconic California tech companies are helping to pioneer the drone revolution. For over a year, Google’s advanced-research arm, Google X, has been testing its Project Wing aircraft in cooperation with NASA, moving ever-closer to its goal of deploying a fleet of drones to deliver …›
The FAA’s regulatory actions on unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) are accelerating, making it more important than ever for those in the industry—and those looking to use this technology in their own sectors—to keep their eyes on Washington. At a drone industry conference earlier this month, …›
Over the weekend the FAA issued a much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for small UAS—i.e., drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The oft-delayed NPRM comes three years after Congress—through the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (the “2012 Act”)—directed the FAA to …›