Drone D-Day: How NTSB Case Could Impact FAA Authority

Law360, New York (February 20, 2014, 2:23 PM EST) -- Recent news stories have heralded the advent of unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS," which are more popularly — and less accurately — referred to as drones) for commercial purposes. Whether delivering packages and pizzas or providing low-cost, high-quality aerial video, would-be UAS operators now face the challenges of navigating the complex legal issues associated with novel uses of UAS technologies.

The Federal Aviation Administration is in the process of developing regulations that will apply specifically to UAS operations. While it undertakes that multiyear process, the agency has sought to push the pause button on the commercial use of UAS technologies by applying...

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