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HTMLCourt Dismisses Texas EquuSearch’s Challenge to FAA’s No-Fly Warning
Thomas L. Gemmell; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014
On July 18 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed Texas EquuSearch’s challenge of the FAA’s directive that it stop flying search-and-rescue missions using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drones. In doing so, the Appellate panel, siding with the Justice Department/FAA,...

 

HTMLPublic Comment Period to Close Soon on FAA’s Interpretation of Model Aircraft/Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Thomas L. Gemmell; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 22, 2014
On June 18, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Notice of Interpretation (Notice) regarding the special rule that exempts regulation of model aircraft under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (the Act). The period for public comment on the FAA's Notice ends this...

 

HTMLDefendants Win Summary Judgment In Australian Plane Crash Case In Illinois Federal Court
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
The estate administrators of victims of an Australia plane crash sued three companies in the United States alleging that the pilots’ navigational charts and the plane’s ground proximity warning system (“GPWS”) caused the crash. In granting the defendants’ motion for...

 

HTMLUnmanned Aircraft Systems Regulatory Update: Federal Audit Outlines Significant Obstacles to the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System
Charles D. "Chip" Nottingham; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 8, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
Congress received a comprehensive audit report this week focused on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) progress integrating Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). The audit report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Office of...

 

Adobe PDFPart Two: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) - Aka Drones Legal Issues: Where Are We Headed?
Elaine D. Solomon; Blank Rome LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 2014
There have been almost daily news stories about the advent of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”), also referred to as “drones,” and how commercial usage is expected to explode over the next several years. There have been reports of UAVs being used to deliver everything from...

 

Adobe PDFPart One: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) - Aka Drones Usages And Regulation: Where Are We Headed?
Elaine D. Solomon; Blank Rome LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 2014
The ever-quickening pace of technological innovation creates serious obstacles for legal, legislative, and regulatory regimes that are notoriously slow to adapt. One of the newest arenas in which this struggle is playing out is that of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”), also referred to...

 

HTMLPart Three: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) - Aka Drones Insurance Issues: Where Are We Headed?
Elaine D. Solomon; Blank Rome LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 2014
Although the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”) is not new, as commercial usage explodes over the next several years, unique insurance issues will arise. How will underwriters handle this topic when risks are largely unknown? What insurance will be required for each type of entity...

 

HTMLFAA Announces First Approval of Commercial Use of UAV, UAS or “Drone” Over Land: The Largest U.S. Oilfield, Located in Alaska, to be Monitored
Matthew R. Grant; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 10, 2014
Earlier today, the FAA issued a press release announcing that it had granted approval “for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska—the first time the FAA has authorized a commercial...

 

Adobe PDFPennsylvania Superior Court Reverses Forum Non Conveniens Dismissal of International Air Crash Case, But Don’t Equate Pennsylvania with Cook County, Illinois (Just Yet)
Barry S. Alexander, J. Denny Shupe; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 2014
United States courts facing forum non conveniens (FNC) motions, at least with respect to lawsuits arising out of air crashes that occur outside of the United States, seem to fall into two distinct camps: Cook County, Illinois, where FNC motions very often are said to go to die, and the rest of the...

 

HTMLUSA Today Report Critical of NTSB Investigations of Small Plane and Helicopter Crashes
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
A USA Today report published this week attributes “shortcomings” in NTSB investigations of private plane and helicopter crashes with compounding the number of deaths in general aviation incidents (reportedly nearly 45,000 since 1964 and roughly nine times greater than the number of...

 


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