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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

UAS Pilot Integration Program - Federal Register Link

The new UAS Pilot Integration Program details were published in the Federal Register on November 8, 2017. The information can be found here:


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Applying for the new UAS Integration Pilot Program

Earlier this fall the DOT and FAA announced a new program designed to help UAS-NAS integration by offering governmental entities, private sector entities, UAS operators and other stakeholders an opportunity to team up and help the integration process along. 

Information on this exciting and potentially far-reaching new program can be found here:

and more importantly here:


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How Government Drone Operators Can Build Good Community Relations

Government Drone Operations & Privacy Fears

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Who's In Charge of Regulating Drone Hobbyists? The FAA or Local Governments? It's Anybody's Guess At This Point.

FAA Federal Regulatory Preemption of Drone Operations – Does It Really Exist for Small Operators?

We received a request in early May to defend a recreational drone operator with a municipal ticket for operating a drone in a city park. The ticket was non-descript and didn’t state a fine but only indicated the operator was being “charged” under a rather broad administrative local regulation. It also didn’t state if the “charge” was a felony, misdemeanor or petty offense. The ticket did however state that the operator was required to make a physical appearance in the particular Court of Jurisdiction on a specified date to defend against the ticket. The physical appearance was mandatory and failure to appear carried a maximum penalty of $1000.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The FAA and Local Police: Partners in UAS Operations Enforcement

In the April, 2017 edition of Air Line Pilot, it was reported that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) “receives more than 100 reports per month (emphasis added) of unsafe unmanned aircraft systems operations.”

Frightening, but apparently there are large numbers of operators who either aren’t aware of the regulations or just don’t care. Reports of dangerous drone operations, and even accidents with people, appear more commonplace. Many might just chalk this up to increasing use, but what about enforcement?

For those operators out there who are “taking their chances they won’t get caught” with an illegal or unsafe operation…beware. The FAA is providing assistance to local law enforcement and has issued this guidance sheet:

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Friday, February 3, 2017

IRS Discusses a New W-2 Phishing Scam Targeting the Nonprofit Sector – Patti Arthur, Esq.

Please see the below article posted today by IRS on their EO Update: eNews for Charities & Nonprofits email alert system:


Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others


WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits.


In a related development, the W-2 scammers are coupling their efforts to steal employee W-2 information with an older scheme on wire transfers that is victimizing some organizations twice. “This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time. It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that criminals can use to commit various crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns. We need everyone’s help to turn the tide against this scheme,’’ said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shavano Academic Booster Club