The manned and unmanned aviation communities do not see eye-to-eye on any number of issues.  Each side has a vision of how unmanned aircraft fit into the National Airspace System, and each side continually engages with the FAA to push that vision.  While the FAA’s attempt to balance these competing views often leaves one or both sides disappointed, one thing that both sides agree on is that these decisions should be left to the FAA.… Read More

On April 25, 2011, in response to a number of high profile incidents, the DOT published the “Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections” rule to put hard limits on what constitutes an acceptable tarmac delay for a loaded passenger plane.  The rule required carriers to adopt contingency plans for such delays, and limit delays to three hours for domestic flights and four hours for international flights. … Read More

In an article for Law360, Mark Dombroff explains how the Federal Aviation Administration and local governments continue to vie for control of the airspace being used by drones — an issue that will only intensify in the coming year.

The FAA has been working on new rules to permit drones to fly directly over large concentrations of people. These so-called remote identification rules will allow for detection and identification of unmanned aircraft no matter where they fly.… Read More

For those of you who may have missed the live presentation of the latest Aviation Webinar Series, “Flying for the Feds: USTRANSCOM, CRAF, CARB, DBA and the Rest of the Alphabet,” you can view the entire presentation by clicking on the links below.

The slide deck from the webinar is available here. The webinar recording is available here.

Check back here for updates on the next webinar: “Trains, Highways, Boats and Pipelines: Dos and Don’ts for Non-Aviation NTSB Accident Investigations,” scheduled for January 9, 2020!… Read More

It’s a question asked by kids (and backseat drivers) everywhere. In the case of the remote identification of drones, the driver is the FAA, and the Congress, as always, is in the back seat.

Congress has the authority to set priorities for administrative agencies. In addition to wheedling and cajoling agency Administrators and Secretaries when they testify before Congress, they can pass laws requiring the agency to act by a fixed deadline.… Read More

In a recent post, we discussed the Safe Landings Act (H.R. 4166), pending legislation introduced in August of this year. In this post, we discuss another piece of pending legislation – the Safe and Quiet Skies Act of 2019.

The Safe and Quiet Skies Act of 2019 (H.R. 4547) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 27, 2019, by Representative Ed Case of Hawaii’s First Congressional District (located entirely on the Island of Oahu, including the City and County of Honolulu).… Read More

For those of you who may have missed the live presentation of the latest in our ongoing UAS Webinar Series, “Drone Defense: Rules, Regulations, Dos and Don’ts,” you can view the entire  presentation by clicking on the links below.

The slide deck from the webinar is available here. The webinar recording is available here.

Check back here for updates on the next webinar, which will be held on November 21, 2019!… Read More

As most readers know, the lack of a standard for the remote identification of unmanned aircraft has held up progress in a number of areas critical for integration of UAS into the national airspace system.  Rules for flight over people and in heavily congested areas, protection of critical infrastructure, beyond visual line of sight operations and unmanned traffic management, and effective counter-drone systems all require a remote ID solution. … Read More