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UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

The next major development in aviation is the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS,” also referred to as drones) into the national airspace system. The economic impact of the commercial use of UAS has been forecasted at nearly $100 billion by 2025.

Thompson Coburn’s multi-disciplinary practice group assists UAS users, manufacturers and interested third-parties in this rapidly developing area of the law.

Specifically, Thompson Coburn attorneys can provide guidance and assistance in several areas, including, but not limited to: monitoring the landscape of UAS regulation; assisting users and manufacturers in drafting responses to FAA Notices of Interpretation and/or Notices of Proposed Rule Making; providing counsel on the FAA authorization and exemption processes; drafting and filing FAA exemption requests seeking relief from current FAA certification requirements; preparing Standard Operating Procedures; drafting, reviewing and/or revising Flight Operations, Safety and Maintenance Manuals; and drafting or reviewing UAS service contracts.

Our attorneys are available to assist clients with issues related to insurance and risk management, state and local regulations, technology protection and transfer, privacy, cybersecurity, import/export, and litigation.

We can also provide counsel on the expanded use of UAS by companies in the following industries:

  • Advertising 
  • Aerial photography
  • Aerial surveys/inspections
  • Agriculture
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Law enforcement
  • Manufacturing
  • Maritime
  • Motion picture/television
  • Natural disaster response
  • Oil and gas exploration
  • Package delivery
  • Public safety/first response
  • Railroad
  • Real estate
  • Search & rescue
  • Security
  • Sports
  • Telecommunications
  • Utility power inspection
  • Weather monitoring

Publications

Update on academic use of drones

Micro UAS Committee charts bold new course for FAA treatment of smaller unmanned aircraft

Drone technology: The regulatory outlook

Anti-drone technologies: The regulation challenge

Senate committee examines unmanned aircraft system safety, privacy concerns

Drones and sports: A brief overview

And on that farm he had a drone: UAS deployment in precision agriculture

Small Business Committee holds hearing to explore commercial drone operations

FAA grants exemption for large crop-spraying unmanned aircraft

Section 333 at 200 days: Where are we now?

Amazon Prime Air closer to takeoff: FAA grants Internet giant's request for drone ‘exemption’ and experimental certificate

Small UAS comment countdown begins: FAA publishes notice of proposed rulemaking

Final approach: FAA announces long-awaited small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

FAA settles trail-blazing drone case for $1,100

UAS hearing yields details on systems research and development, but no timeline for small UAS rule

More boots on the ground: FAA provides law enforcement guidance for suspected unauthorized UAS operation

'Tis the season: FAA launches safety campaign for unmanned aircraft

Unmanned aircraft systems are 'aircraft' once again: National Transportation Safety Board reverses administrative law judge on key definition

Blog Posts

Drone users to lawmakers: ‘Should I stay or should I go?’

Marketing real estate with drones: When can we take to the skies?

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