Will ATC Privatization Accelerate UAS Home Delivery Systems?

Will ATC Privatization Accelerate UAS Home Delivery Systems?

By William D. Ezzell

This week, President Trump announced his intention to push for the privatization of the U.S. Air Traffic Control system. In his trademark style, the president said that the ATC system was “ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible” and those previous efforts to update systems were a “waste of money.” 

The President raised legitimate concerns in this ongoing debate. ATC privatization could indeed transform the landscape and best position the aerospace industry as technology advances. Nevertheless, the speech triggered multiple discussions of the need for privatization to accelerate the UAS industry. In particular, home delivery platforms.

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Emerging UAS Industry Triggers Growth in Specialty Insurance Market

Emerging UAS Industry Triggers Growth in Specialty Insurance Market

By William D. Ezzell

Unmanned Aerial Systems are without a doubt at the forefront of aerial innovation. As an emerging industry that is inherently fraught with risk, it should come as little surprise that the insurance market is quickly trying to capture and develop this promising new market. 

One major carrier, Liberty Mutual, recently announced a joint venture with Acend, Inc. to launch a new drone insurance platform. Details remain to be seen (the company states that it will begin writing policies this summer). And we are closely following the types of common and unique risks these policies should protect against.

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FAA Issues 200 Maps to Streamline Commercial Drone Ops

FAA Issues 200 Maps to Streamline Commercial Drone Ops

By Thomas Nguyen

On April 27, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published more than 200 facility maps with additional maps to be published throughout the year. These maps are being used in an effort to streamline and automate the commercial drone authorization process as well as integrate the use of drones into the National Airspace System. 

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FAA UAS Regulation Expands as FAA Implements First Drone-Specific Airspace Restrictions

FAA UAS Regulation Expands as FAA Implements First Drone-Specific Airspace Restrictions

By Michael B. George

Common sense might tell you that it’s a bad idea to operate an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) over U.S. military bases. Either way, it will soon be illegal to fly a drone over a military facility. Effective April 14, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of 133 identified military facilities.

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FAA to Release Facility Maps to Assist UAS Operators

FAA to Release Facility Maps to Assist UAS Operators

By Bradley R. Gardner

Beginning on April 27, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will make available to Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators a facility map designed to make applications for Part 107 waivers easier. Pursuant to Part 107, a UAS operator may apply for a waiver of certain FAA-imposed restrictions such as daylight operation, line-of-sight and operation within a certain airspace. By giving UAS operators access to facility maps, the FAA is trying to streamline the Part 107 waiver process by making UAS operators aware of areas in which waivers are likely to be granted (or denied). Operators that require a waiver will be able to consult the facility map to determine if the proposed operating location is in an area that might conflict with airport or other air traffic operations, such as flights directly under the approach or departure paths of a local airport. 

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