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Drone Rules Undercuts the Rule of Law

The SkyPan Case: FAA Enforcement of Nebulous Drone Rules Undercuts the Rule of Law

The SkyPan Case: FAA Enforcement of Nebulous Drone Rules Undercuts the Rule of Law On January 17, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Skypan International, Inc., a private company specializing in aerial photography, announced that they had settled ongoing litigation against SkyPan for its allegedly illegal operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. The FAA…

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Canada: New safety rules for recreational drone

New safety rules for recreational drone use take immediate effect

Canada: New safety rules for recreational drone use take immediate effect Canadians expect to feel safe on the ground and in the sky. The number of incidents involving recreational drones has more than tripled since 2014, prompting the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport to introduce a measure to prevent the reckless use of drones that is putting the safety…

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Commercial UAS operators rally in Southern California

Commercial UAS operators rally in Southern California

Commercial UAS operators rally in Southern California in response to proposed drone ban At the March 7 City Council meeting in Laguna Beach, Calif. a proposed addition to the Laguna Beach Municipal Code was introduced that would ban drone flights over numerous areas of the city including several popular beaches. Chapter 7.80 “Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft” would also require any…

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Know the law before you take to the skies

Drone in flight: There has been a string of near misses between drones and other aircraft. ABC News: Norman Hermant

Did you get a drone for Christmas? Know the law before you take to the skies Whether a beginner, a serious aviation enthusiast, or just a fan of gadgets, many of you will have received drones as Christmas gifts. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have surged in popularity and affordability in recent years, and there’s no doubt that recreational drone use…

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New Drone Laws Go Into Effect Today

Atlanta Hobby Yuneec Drone

FAA’s New Drone Laws Go Into Effect Monday, allowing US companies to innovate Source: CNBC Clearer skies are ahead for American businesses betting on drones. New rules by the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) go into effect Monday, clarifying what is acceptable commercial usage of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. Commercial drones must weigh less than…

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Strike the right balance on drone policy

Rwanda Technology Health Drone

Strike the right balance on drone policy Article Source: Tim Day via Tech Crunch Photo Credit: Getty Images/ CYRIL NDEGEYA Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — are on the cusp of a major commercial trial that has the power to save thousands of lives. This pilot program isn’t taking place in the Bay Area or Boise or Boston. Instead,…

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Father and son fight FAA over weaponized drone

One of Austin Haughwout's drones in a YouTube video was equipped with a loaded pistol on

Father and son fight FAA over weaponized drone Article Source: Lawrence Crook, via CNN A Connecticut judge heard arguments on Wednesday over whether the constitutional rights of two men who equipped a drone with weapons and posted videos to YouTube will be violated if a federal agency were to investigate them. Austin Haughwout, 19, of Clinton, and his father, Bret…

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4 things to know about the FAA drone rules

Four things to know about the FAA’s rules about commercial drone usage

4 things to know about the FAA drone rules about commercial drone usage Article Source: Lucia Maffei via Tech Crunch The rules for commercial drone usage released last week by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) left some unanswered questions on the table. We discussed some of these with Thomas Gemmell, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and the co-leader of the drone…

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New drone rules ‘common sense’

New drone rules ‘common sense’ Article Source: Gary Gibula via Naperville Sun Wether photographing real estate with drones or flying remote-controlled planes for fun, local operators know the airspace is public and acknowledge the need for rules like those just released by the Federal Aviation Administration for smaller unmanned aerial systems. “It’s pretty much common sense,” said Scott Gerami, a realtor with…

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