All in Unmanned Aircraft Systems
The first headlines were as dramatic as the accompanying video—an apparent drone attack on Nicholas Maduro, President of Venezuela, as he delivered an address in Caracas. The video doesn’t show the drones, but captures Maduro’s wife looking up in alarm and startled soldiers scattering in fear.
We are pleased to release our second Wiley Connected podcast! In this episode of Sara and Josh Talk About Drones, Sara Baxenberg and Josh Turner discuss whether it’s OK to shoot down a drone.
Everyone knows that a drone can be a valuable tool for disaster relief, a method for package delivery, and even a sparkly addition to a Super Bowl halftime show. But drones’ potential utility as a fashion accessory had been overlooked—until recently.
WileyConnect now includes podcasts! We’re pleased to introduce Wiley Connected, podcasts by Wiley Rein attorneys on legal and policy issues involving the Internet of Things. We’ll be producing these podcasts as new or interesting issues pop up in the world of connected tech. Under the broad Wiley Connected umbrella, we’ll do a variety of lengths and formats.
In a reminder that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is not the only agency with authority over unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations, yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a proposed $2.8 million forfeiture against HobbyKing for marketing certain radio transmitters for use with drones that operate outside their authorized spectrum bands, and at power levels beyond what the FCC has permitted.
In a big day for the UAS industry, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the first round of winning participants in its highly-anticipated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). DOT also announced that two rulemaking publications have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval: the long-awaited flights over people notice of proposed rulemaking and the FAA’s previously-announced advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on safe and secure UAS operations.
This article is co-authored by Sara Baxenberg and Josh Turner.
News outlets are reporting this week that Xcel Energy has received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations beyond visual line of sight of the operator. Xcel CEO Ben Fowke explained to the press that Xcel will use the waiver “to conduct flights that will enhance grid reliability and safety for our employees and the public.” The company has touted the waiver as “unprecedented” and “groundbreaking.” But is this really uncharted territory for expanded UAS operations?