All in Unmanned Aircraft Systems
This week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Uber is planning to start deploying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, commonly called drones) for delivery to consumers “as soon as next year and commercially operational in multiple markets by 2021.” There is speculation this initiative could be tied to UberEats, the company’s prepared food delivery business. As excited as we all are for flying burritos in 2019, this latest drone delivery news raises the question: what is taking so long for drone delivery to get off the ground?
On October 5, 2018, the President signed into law the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (the Act), which reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a period of five years and includes numerous substantive provisions related to various segments of the aviation industry, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the second edition of its “Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap.” In addition to providing an update on the FAA’s progress to date, the partnerships and advisory committees it has forged, and identifying key challenges to UAS integration into the NAS, the roadmap details the FAA’s near-term rulemaking and research efforts.
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.