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Drones and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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, January 20, 2017

FAA Drone Civil Penalty – The SkyPan Case –Patti Arthur, Esq.

The FAA announced on Wednesday that its case against SkyPan Has been settled for $200,000. SkyPan is an aerial photography company and according to the FAA, it violated Federal Aviation Regulations in 2014 by operating drones over congested airspace in New York and Chicago, thus causing an air safety hazard.

The original fine was assessed at $1.9 million.

This case is one for drone operators to know because the FAA is not kidding around when it comes to assessing fines.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Drones and Hunting in Colorado – Patti Arthur, Esq.

While there aren’t a lot of general drone-specific regulations or laws on the Colorado books just yet, wildlife hunting is one area that has received particular attention. Colorado was the first state to recognize the use of drone technology specifically related to hunting. Believe it or not, this happened way back in early 2014.

The Code of Colorado Regulations in the section dedicated to Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Manner of Taking Wildlife – Aids in Taking Wildlife states:

“It shall be unlawful to use a drone to look for, scout, or detect wildlife as an aid in the hunting or taking of wildlife.”

The regulation further goes on to state:

“For the purposes of this regulation, drone shall be defined as including, without limitation, any contrivance invented, used or designed for navigation of, or flight in the air that is unmanned or guided remotely.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Article on Some Tips for Drone Hobbyists

One of my favorite drone news websites sUAS News ( posted this article on 5 essential tips for safe hobbyists drone flying.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Drone Insurance - Why You Need It

Drone hobbyists and commercial Part 107 operators can find themselves in a lawsuit nightmare if a mishap occurs and you don’t have insurance. Make sure you are covered with the right insurance product.

Check out this article on drone operations and insurance…the insurance industry is rapidly developing flexible products for hobbyists and commercial operators.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

June 21, 2016 - FAA Announces New Part 107

By: Patti Arthur, Esq.

On June 21, 2016, the FAA released new 14 CFR Part 107 related to commercial use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones. Information about the new Part can be found here.

A nice, easy to read and understand summary of the rules can be found here

Links to the full Part 107 and a short FAA Fact Sheet can be found at the bottom of the FAA’s news release along with an explanation of some unique sections of the Part.

Advisory Circular 107-2 also dated June 21, 2016 gives a thorough explanation of Part 107 and discusses the FAA’s policies on a number of matters. AC No. 107-2 can be found here.

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