We would like to thank everyone who was able to join us for the live presentation of the latest Aviation Webinar Series, “Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft and Flight Over People – The Final Rules.”

We are gratified by the huge turnout and positive feedback we have received.  There were several questions from the audience that we could not address due to the time constraints. … Read More

The FAA has kept its word.  As promised, the FAA has released the final versions of its rules for Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft, for Flight of UAS Over People, and for UAS Night Operations.  These rulemakings represent an important step towards routine flight beyond visual line of sight and full integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.

The Remote ID Rule

The Remote ID proposal was the most controversial of the new rules, and garnered the most public comments. … Read More

Join Us For A Free Webinar to Analyze the New Rules

January 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM Eastern

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?  The phrase uttered billions of times each year by children, both small and large, on their way to Grandma’s house for Christmas.  It is also the phrase repeated by countless UAS operators this year while waiting for the FAA to release the final UAS rules for remote identification and for flight over people.… Read More

At long last, the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) has brought clarity to the use of emotional support and service animals on airplanes.  As many of you will remember, the DOT proposed a sweeping set of regulations on this issue back in February.  The proposed rule drew thousands of comments, many of them angry and emotional, both pro and con.

SERVICE ANIMALS

The 122-page final rule provides clear guidelines regarding what constitutes a service animal and the steps that must be met before a passenger may take a service animal onboard an aircraft. … Read More

True integration of unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System will only come when advanced designs finally receive type certification.  The FAA has clearly been working on certification issues behind the scenes, and is finally ready to make the next step public.  The FAA has finally decided to seek public input on the criteria that it will use to certify these cutting edge UAS designs.… Read More

One of the great innovations of the Part 107 regulations for unmanned aircraft was the ability to obtain a waiver from many of its more restrictive requirements.  The Part 107 waiver process allows operators the flexibility to fly at night, fly beyond visual line of sight, or operate more than one drone at the same time.

Unfortunately, most waivers have an expiration date of 48 months. … Read More

While many states are currently “open for business” to one degree or another, COVID-19 has stubbornly refused to release its hold in some areas.  As a result, while progress is being made, we clearly are not “back to normal.”

In light of this, government agencies that relaxed regulatory requirements at the beginning of the crisis, including the FAA, are beginning to extend these accommodations. … Read More

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish the standards for remote identification of unmanned aircraft closed on March 2, 2020.  The NPRM garnered over 53,000 comments, both pro and con, concerning the contours of the final rule.  While there is still no official word on what the final rule will look like, FAA actions seem to confirm that the final rule will look a lot like the draft rule.… Read More

On February 5, 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOT) opened the public comment period for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Regarding Traveling by Air with Service Animals.  That comment period officially closed this week, with the proposed rule garnering over 14,000 comments.

While the comment period was open for 60 days, an unusually long period of time for a rulemaking such as this, it did not stop several groups from asking for an extension. … Read More