The Law of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Program Number: 2446
Presenter: Thomas R. DeCesar, Esq., Edward J. Fishman, James B. Insco II, Esq., Martin L. Stern, Esq.
K&L Gates attorneys Ed Fishman, Marty Stern, Jim Insco and Tom DeCesar provide an overview of the current state of U.S. law in relation to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial purposes, and where the legal landscape is headed. The program covers current FAA guidance/regulations related to UAS (which are often referred to as drones in the general media), legal hurdles and paths to compliance (including Section 333 exemptions and experimental certificates of airworthiness), and FAA enforcement activities. In addition, the presenters preview the FAA’s anticipated small UAS rulemaking, and some of the legal issues expected to develop in relation to commercial UAS activities over the coming years, such as privacy, property rights, and state restrictions on UAS operations.