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When the FAA Drone Rules Conflict With State and Local Laws

Depending upon your location, flying your drone may land you in legal hot water. So where is it safe and where is it unsafe? The question is more difficult to answer than you might think because you have to consider the FAA drone rules, federal, state, and local laws. You may want to think twice about where [...]

By |2017-03-29T16:18:45-07:00March 30th, 2017|Drone Law, Drones|Comments Off on When the FAA Drone Rules Conflict With State and Local Laws

How Does The CAA Handle Drones In The UK?

It easy to get caught up in the regulations that govern drone use in your country. In the USA, a drone university like ours teaches the rules and regulations set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). I find it interesting to compare and contrast drone laws. This can be done city to city, state to [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:43-07:00March 25th, 2016|Drones, FAA, International|Comments Off on How Does The CAA Handle Drones In The UK?

William “Drone Slayer” Merideth Wants Case Dismissed. Seriously?

William Merideth, the self-proclaimed "Drone Slayer," wants a judge to dismiss the lawsuit against him. This is after admitting to firing on a drone multiple times, destroying the drone. Why? Mr. Merideth claims the drone came within 10 feet of his home. Normally this would be cut and dry; you can't fire upon any aircraft [...]

By |2016-03-16T17:19:23-07:00March 23rd, 2016|Drone Law, Drones, WTF|Comments Off on William “Drone Slayer” Merideth Wants Case Dismissed. Seriously?

Austin Haughwout Back In Court, Now Expelled From CCSU

Austin Haughwout Police Photo It seems like Austin Haughwout can't stay out of trouble (and can't stay out of the media). In this latest chapter of the Haughwout sage, Austin is suing Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) for expelling him on what he considers to be trumped-up charges. (If you missed any of [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:46-07:00March 18th, 2016|Drone Law, Drones, Opinion|Comments Off on Austin Haughwout Back In Court, Now Expelled From CCSU

FAA Delineates Federal, State and Local Oversight

While the FAA is responsible for the regulatory framework that drones fall into, many of the rules and restrictions that govern drone flights come from federal, state and local authorities. To clarify things, the FAA recently issued a fact sheet. The FAA issued a fact sheet outlining federal oversight of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drone operational safety and areas [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:49-07:00March 10th, 2016|Drone Law, Drones, FAA|Comments Off on FAA Delineates Federal, State and Local Oversight

Understanding The Blanket Certificate of Waiver of Authorization (COA)

After you've completed your drone education, earned your sport pilot certificate and received your Section 333 Exemption, you are nearly ready for commercial take-off. What else do you need? You will need a Certificate of Waiver of Authorization or a COA. Sounds like another hoop to jump through right? Thankfully, the FAA has provided a blanket [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:56-07:00March 3rd, 2016|333, Drone Law, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on Understanding The Blanket Certificate of Waiver of Authorization (COA)

Shooting Down Drones Is Illegal, Even If It’s On Your Own Property

While there have been several court cases regarding shooting down drones, which may lead to some confusion for the average drone operator, it's important to be clear on the rules on who makes them. The FAA has the final say when it comes to “all civil airspace, including that above cities and towns.” According to the FAA, [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:00-07:00December 10th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones|Comments Off on Shooting Down Drones Is Illegal, Even If It’s On Your Own Property

Cheerson CX-20 Quadcopter Unexpectedly Lands On Wisconsin Airfield

In Wisconsin, a still unknown drone pilot, is facing potential jail time after landing a Cheerson CX-20 quadcopter on the Batten International Airport airfield. A hobbyist could face jail time if investigators learn who flew a small aircraft near a local airport. Batten International Airport manager David Mann said a quadcopter was found on a runway [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:08-07:00October 15th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, FAA, Safety|Comments Off on Cheerson CX-20 Quadcopter Unexpectedly Lands On Wisconsin Airfield

Peace, Love and Drones. Governor Brown is Sending the Right Message.

This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Just the other day, I was demonstrating a new drone prototype for the children of a friend. I was flying the quadcopter above his house while everyone watched the on-screen HD image. I then safely landed. The mood was happy and positive, that is until a disgruntled neighbor who yelled from across the street, “if that drone comes near my house, I’ll shoot it out of the sky.” The 4-year-old child started to cry.  It was then that I took the opportunity to attempt to explain to the neighbor why [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:09-07:00October 10th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones|Comments Off on Peace, Love and Drones. Governor Brown is Sending the Right Message.

Preventing Drones From Crashing Or Entering Restricted Airspace

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer Senator Chuck Schumer and I disagree on what an "elegant solution" is, at least when it comes to drone related incidents. In his mind, the best solution to preventing incidents like the US Open drone crash, the University of Kentucky drone crash or even the White House is for drone manufacturers [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:18-07:00September 29th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones|Comments Off on Preventing Drones From Crashing Or Entering Restricted Airspace