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|FAA Releases Commercial Drone Regulations|
William (Bill) D. Janicki; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
July 26, 2016, previously published on June 2016On Tuesday, the FAA issued its long-awaited commercial drone regulations allowing for a wide range of unmanned aircraft operations without further FAA approval. These regulations are contained in new 14 C.F.R. Part 107 and will take effect sixty days after publication in the Federal Register.
|Court of Appeals Hears National Federation of the Blind’s Challenge to DOT Rule Regarding Blind-Accessible Kiosks at Domestic Airports|
Lewis S. Wiener, Amy Xu; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
July 19, 2016, previously published on July 19, 2016On June 29, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) challenge to a Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule regarding air carriers’ duty to provide blind-accessible kiosks at domestic airports. The...
|Delta Wins CalOPPA Case - But Your Mobile App May Not Fly|
Cynthia J. Larose, Natalle Prescott; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
June 19, 2016, previously published on June 1, 2016In a decision favorable to the airline industry—but not helpful to other companies—the California Court of Appeal said that a privacy enforcement action against Delta is not going to fly. On May 25, 2016, the Court of Appeal tossed the California Attorney General’s CalOPPA...
|Making a Federal Case Out of Your Trade Secrets: DTSA Creates Federal Civil Action for Trade Secret Owners|
Bose McKinney Evans LLP;
June 3, 2016, previously published on May 11, 2016Want to make a federal case out of your trade secrets? It got easier to do just that after President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) into law on May 11, 2016. Effective immediately, DTSA creates a federal civil action for the owner of a trade secret that...
|A New Wave of French Airport Privatization|
Nicolas J. Brice, Philippe Delelis; Jones Day;
March 31, 2016, previously published on March 2016On March 10, 2016, the French government launched the privatization process of the airports of Nice Côte d'Azur (2014 turnover: €231.6 million) and Lyon Saint-Exupéry (2014 turnover: €158.4 million). The French State is entitled to sell the 60 percent share that it owns in...
|Senate Unveils Watered Down FAA Bill|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 11, 2016On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee unveiled a bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization that would fund the agency through the 2017 fiscal year.
|Senate Sends Short-Term FAA Extension to House|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 18, 2016On Thursday, the Senate passed a short-term funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration by unanimous consent. The Senate extension would extend funding through July 15, 2016 and extend some revenue provisions through March 2017.
|House Eyes FAA Extension|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 18, 2016, previously published on March 4, 2016After a wide-ranging House Republican effort to re-authorize the Federal Aviation Administration program fell apart, GOP leaders are now weighing a nine-month extension.
|Brazilian Government Increases Cap on Foreign Ownership of Brazilian Airlines|
S. Wade Angus, Artur L. Badra, John D. Goetz, J. Bruce McDonald, Luiz Felipe Noronha; Jones Day;
March 15, 2016, previously published on March 2016On March 2, 2016, the Brazilian federal government proposed a new rule-Medida Provisória n. 714/2016 ("MP 714")— which increased the existing 20 percent limit on foreign ownership in a Brazilian airline to 49 percent of the Brazilian airline's total voting capital.
|The FAA’s Proposed Regulations on Drones and their Impact on Agriculture|
Luke C. Holst; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
March 9, 2016, previously published on 1st Quarter, 2016Amidst falling farm prices and lower income, the agriculture industry is turning towards an emerging technology in an attempt to deploy resources more efficiently and increase profit margins. Drones, also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAV”) or Unmanned Aerial Systems...