The FAA has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that prohibits drone operation within a 32-mile radius of the stadium in Santa Clara, California. The TFR takes effect at 2PM and lasts until 11:59PM Sunday, February 7. [Read more…]
Drones are literally everywhere. As I drove through my neighborhood a few days ago, I saw a teenager flying what looked to be a DJI Phantom in his front yard and just a couple dozen feet from my car as I passed by. Drones have gone from a very niche and expensive hobby interest toward a mainstream consumer and commercial success. And it’s only just begun.
The storylines continue to focus on the FAA’s regulations and the public’s restrictions as the technology is far out-pacing the legal and regulatory guidelines. While there is a loose framework for registration in place for the general public and their personal use of drones, legitimate technological restrictions are hardly competent to keep a drone from either accidentally or intentionally causing a major catastrophe.
As it stands now, we are still living in the wild west of the drone tech boom. Just about anyone can fly a drone just about anywhere – regardless of whether there are regulatory restrictions in place or not. The FAA is woefully undermanned to address all of the reported violations and local law enforcement remains untrained on the regulations and/or completely lack jurisdiction to enforce those regulations.
This is all a recipe for disaster. [Read more…]
The FAA has issued a prohibition on flying any drones during the Papal Visit from September 22-27 in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia. [Read more…]
Last week, the FAA published its proposal for new drone regulations that would cover commercial use of drones for photographers, cinematographers and other commercial uses.
The basics of the proposed regulations points to a handful of key restrictions noted below. [Read more…]
Earlier this week, a drone nearly collided with an in-bound LAX passenger jet at around 4000′ altitude as it made its approach to land. The pilot reported the near miss to the control tower, stating that “there was just one of those radio controlled helicopter things that went right over the top of us at 4,000.” [Read more…]
The FAA has a new hashtag: #NoDroneZone
It released this awkward YouTube video a couple days ago to help designate the Super Bowl XLIX as a No Drone Zone, encouraging fans to leave their drones behind. I actually had to triple check that this came from an official FAA account, but it appears to be legit.
Specifically, the FAA has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction for the area surrounding the University of Phoenix Stadium from 3:25p to 11:59p MST.
While the drone market continues to expand, the legality of operating them continues to be more up in the air than ever before. Earlier this month, the FAA released a new directive to local law enforcement agencies on how to handle encounters with drone operators.
While I am a lawyer, I am not your lawyer and this is an editorial commentary on newsworthy issues rather than legal advice. Unless you’re paying a lawyer, you aren’t really getting legal advice, and what you are getting on websites, blogs and forums is worth just what you paid for it. If you are busted by the FAA for violating its regulations, get an aviation lawyer who knows their way around the administrative process. Do not solicit legal advice online. That free advice will be the most expensive you ever take. [Read more…]
The FAA announced that it has issued exemptions for 6 aerial photo and video production companies to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) (aka drones) for commercial use.
The FAA’s authority to regulate the hobby-sized drones was called into question when a judge for the National Transportation Safety Board threw out a $10,000 fine the FAA levied against a commercial filmmaker in Virginia earlier this year.
To date, the FAA has not updated the regulations wherein it is attempting to enforce a ban on hobby-sized drones (e.g., the DJI Phantom) as an “unmanned aircraft system” (the legal term used in the regulations. Yet, the FAA is still exempting certain companies from its (currently unenforceable) regulations. [Read more…]
The FAA has officially made it ok for passengers to use portable electronic devices, such as iPads, Kindles, iPhones (in airplane mode) and cameras, during all phases of flight. We’ve known for a long time that these devices are safe to use while the airplane is in operation, including takeoff and landing, but the FAA took plenty of time to make it officially ok. [Read more…]