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Preventing Emerging Threats Act Introduced

Last week, a group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill titled, “Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018,” which would give the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) the ability to take action against unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) that pose an “unacceptable security risk” to public safety. Specifically, … Continue Reading

Revised Restrictions on Drone Operations Over DoD Facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has previously used its authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations sec. 99.7 (“Special Security Instructions”) to address the potential threat posed by malicious drone operations by creating unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) specific airspace restrictions over select, national security-sensitive locations at the request of the … Continue Reading

Drones Used as Source to Infiltrate Corporate Networks

Drones are being used more than ever by nefarious actors to spy on networks, intercept data, disrupt communications and hack into servers. In fact, drones are becoming an increasingly more and more prevalent tool for infiltrating corporate networks each day. Few protections exist for businesses to prevent drone intrusions, but before a  business can even … Continue Reading

UAS Integration Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will now fund double the number of unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) integration projects as it previously has, due to a strong response from organizations and companies wishing to participate. The DOT’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) was set to launch five projects in the initial round, but … Continue Reading

Medical Drones Bring Health Care to the Himalayas

Thousands of people living in remote areas of Nepal have no access to health care facilities, and many of those people must therefore walk or be carried long distances if they become sick or injured. Nepal has about 2,600 doctors—less than one doctor for every 10,000 people, and many of the urgent treatment facilities lack … Continue Reading

Caltech Creating a Drone ‘Personal Rescue System’

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are building a “Personal Rescue System”—or an autonomous drone ambulance—intended to change the future of emergency medical response. The rescue drone will airlift injured or trapped victims from hard to reach areas and disaster zones. During the drone flight, the victim’s vital signs would be monitored by … Continue Reading

LAANC Beta Test Launched this Week

As of April 30, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun its beta test of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) in the South Central United States. For the list of those facilities in South Central, click here. The system will continue incremental deployment at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering about … Continue Reading

DOT to Grant Economic Authority for UAS Package Delivery

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it will use its existing exemption authority to grant economic authority to unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) operators who wish to use UAS for package delivery. According to the Federal Register “Notification to UAS Operators Proposing to Engage in Air Transportation,” the DOT aims to create … Continue Reading

Xcel Energy Receives FAA Waiver for Beyond Visual Line of Sight

Last week, Xcel Energy (Xcel), Colorado’s largest utility company, received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for drone operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Xcel will use drones to conduct routine inspections of electronic transmissions lines, making it the first utility company to receive such an authorization. Xcel’s CEO and Chairman, Ben … Continue Reading

Update on the FAA Reauthorization Bill

On April 13, 2018, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (Committee) leadership introduced a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4) (the Act). This bipartisan Act focuses on stabilization of the FAA with consistent funding instead of efforts to reform the air traffic control system. The Act … Continue Reading

EPIC Files Suit to Enforce Transparency Obligations related to U.S. Drone Policy

Last week, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (Committee) to enforce the open government obligations of the Committee. The Committee is an industry-led committee that advised the FAA regarding drone policy in the U.S. EPIC claims that for over one year, the Committee … Continue Reading

Commercial Drone Alliance Asks Congress to Repeal Section 336

The Commercial Drone Alliance (the Alliance) has asked Congress to repeal Section 336 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act (FMRA) of 2012. The Alliance believes that differentiating model aircraft users, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drone) pilots,  from commercial drone pilots poses a safety risk in the national airspace. The … Continue Reading

Announcement of New Alliance for Drone Innovation

This week, a new group of unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) industry leaders announced the creation of the Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI),  a policy-oriented coalition of manufacturers, suppliers, and software developers of hobbyist and commercial drones meant to help represent the interests of individuals, businesses, governments, scientists, academics and others who fly drones … Continue Reading

FAA’s Tips for Applying as a Service Supplier to LAANC

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced its nationwide expansion of its automated airspace approval system, the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), and that it will be taking applications for new unmanned aerial systems service suppliers (USS) to provide LAANC services to the public. Last week, the FAA issued a notice of “important … Continue Reading

FAA Grants PACI Beyond Visual Line of Sight Part 107 Waiver

Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI) announced this week that it has been granted a Part 107 waiver under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) regulations to fly drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). PACI, a Nevada-based company, is now one of the very few companies in the United States permitted … Continue Reading

DJI Brings Blockchain to Drones

DJI, one of the world’s leading drone manufacturers, and ShareRing, an Australian-based blockchain startup, have partnered to make sharing and renting drone easy and efficient. DJI plans to use ShareRing’s token, a secure digital placeholder for real-world monetary assets, to loan their drones to governments, corporations, and trade events. While the exact details of this … Continue Reading

Drones and Insurance: How Unmanned Aircraft Systems Can Assist Insurers in Timely and Effectively Evaluating Property Damage Claims

A typical claim for a homeowner will involve some type of damage to the property, which, in turn, prompts the insurer to perform an inspection of the insured property,  to assess the cause and extent of the alleged damage. Depending on the nature of the claim, insurers may be able to have a solitary claims … Continue Reading

FAA Issues Refresher on Part 107 Rules

Last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a “refresher” on its Part 107 rule for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) in a “Fact Sheet” available here. The Fact Sheet outlines all the basics of Part 107 including: Operating Requirements – “You must keep your drone within sight;” “you can fly during daylight;” … Continue Reading

New Study Estimates Half of Drone Flights Will be Autonomous by 2022

A new study was released last week by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, which estimates that more than half of the global commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) flights will be conducted autonomously by 2022. The study says these autonomous flights will function “much like warehouse robots operate today.” Frost & Sullivan’s research director, … Continue Reading

Virginia Passes Drone Trespassing Bill

Virginia H.B. 638 (the Bill), which concerns unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones), passed the Virginia House and Senate and is now awaiting signature from the governor. The Bill “prohibits any person, after being given actual notice to desist, from knowingly and intentionally causing any UAS to enter the property of another and come within … Continue Reading

Drone Delivery Canada’s Newest UAS to Carry 400 Pounds

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) began development of its newest drone, the Condor, last week, which is being engineered to provide payload capacities of up to 400 pounds. The Condor will be able to accept pallet-sized payload shipments (for transporting bulk cargo—both in Canada and abroad) and fly approximately 93 miles. Most important, the Condor will … Continue Reading

Walmart’s Patent for Drone Customer Service

Walmart recently filed a patent for drones to aid their shoppers inside their stores –that is, a shopper would use a mobile device, provided by the store, to request a drone, and then direct the drone to conduct a price verification of a product or  to guide the customer to a particular product through the … Continue Reading

Northwell Health Seeks to Use Drones and Telehealth for Emergency Care

Northwell Health, a New York-based health system, is seeking to use a fleet of emergency drones, in combination with telehealth technology, to respond to accidents more quickly, treat opioid overdoses and even provide medical attention needed due to terrorists attacks. However, there are still a lot of barriers to burst through before Northwell Health can … Continue Reading
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