Drone Law Seminar

November 2nd, 2016
Drones/UAV

Operating a drone, even a small one for recreational purposes, has legal implications for the operator and owner. Commercial operators have greater restrictions. These range from operational regulations and restrictions under Federal and State law, to privacy, trespass and nuisance issues, to tort liability for damage to property or individuals. Staying out in front of this technological wave is a business imperative: Business Insider adjusted its estimates of the drone market in 2020-21 from $1 billion in a 2014 report to $12 billion in a recent report.

The Seminar

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FAA Releases Long-Awaited Small UAS Rule

June 22nd, 2016
Drones/UAV

In today’s news, AUVSI, Bloomberg and USA Today covered the release of the highly anticipated FAA small UAS rule. Under the small UAS rule, operators will be able to fly a UAS weighing less than 55 pounds at 400 feet or below without first obtaining FAA permission. The reports quote AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne, who calls the release of the rule “a significant milestone.” AUVSI has been pushing FAA to release a rule for years. Wynne says the rule will “accelerate the process of understanding what the risks are that will allow us

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MMM Now Represents SmartC2 Drone Software Company

April 11th, 2016
Drones/UAV

Atlanta (April 2016) – Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, is now representing SmartC2, which develops and licenses software to manage commercial drone operations.

SmartC2 produces VirtualAirBoss™ software. The product’s Comply and Fly™ software infrastructure is designed to manage aerial fleets with multiple cameras and sensors, while automatically complying with FAA regulations and corporate policies. Preconfigured templates let users of various skill levels easily use the software for scheduling, maintenance, payload management, FAA compliance, cost allocation and more.

SmartC2 President and CEO Stuart Rudolph says MMM is the logical choice for a cutting-edge company.

“From the start, I have

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Update: Congressional Action on Drones Could Preempt State and Local Laws

March 16th, 2016
Drones/UAV

A measure pending in Congress could give the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exclusive power to regulate drones. If it passes, protection of privacy and property rights may suffer.

On March 16, 2016, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved a new FAA Reauthorization bill that would drastically alter the evolution of the nation’s drone laws. Section 2142 would make the FAA the nation’s sole drone regulator. If the provision makes it through the political process and becomes law, drone operators would be free to ignore state and local restrictions. For example, the Georgia Legislature’s recently adopted law would be

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Southeast GC Forum – “Drone Laws & Regulation”

January 14 – MMM will host a Southeast GC Forum entitled, “Drone Laws & Regulation: Believe It or Not, They are Likely to Impact Your Business.” John Fry, co-founder of the firm’s Drone Practice Group, is a featured speaker. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and will be held in the Agora Room. Jeff Douglass and Tony Roehl will also present.

A recording of this seminar can be found here.

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FAA Issues Interim Rule on Hobby Drone Registration

December 15th, 2015
Drones/UAV

The FAA announced its small drone (UAS) rule for registration of non-commercial (i.e., hobby) drones. You can register online HERE starting on December 21, 2015 and registration will be free until January 20, 2016. After that date, registration will cost $5. The new rule applies to drones weighing .55 pounds (250 grams) up to less than 55 pounds. Although not the test for whether registration is required, the FAA has found that most “toy” drones that cost less than $100 weigh less than the 250 gram limit. A price

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Recreational Drone Registration Task Force Recommendations Issued

December 2nd, 2015
Drones/UAV

The bottom line of new Task Force guidelines for drone use appears to favor the interests of the sellers and potential operators of drones at the expense of safety interests. But building a consensus among the diverse interests represented by the members of the Task Force was unlikely, unless the members took small steps from minimum regulation with an eye toward determining how much regulation is necessary to bring the safety risks in line.

The Task Force convened last month by the FAA to make recommendations for drone use and safety reported its recommendations to the FAA on Saturday, November 21,

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John Fry on WABE’s “Closer Look” to Discuss Drone Laws, Regulations & Innovation

November 10th, 2015
Drones/UAV

John Fry was recently a guest on WABE public radio’s program “Closer Look”  to discuss drone laws and regulations, their impact on businesses, and  how Morris, Manning & Martin’s new Drone Practice group can help manage the legal risks you or your company could run into. John was interviewed live by the show’s hosts, Rose Scott and Jim Burress. Listen to John’s segment here. Find out more about MMM’s Drone Practice here.

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