DOJ Announces New Drone Policy

by Kelly A. Daly Calling it “a paradigm-shifting technology with far-reaching social impact,” on November 27, 2019, the Federal government announced the issuance of the new Department of Justice Policy on the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (the “Policy”) governing … Continue reading

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FAA to Limit Restrictions on Drone Use Near Federal Facilities

by Patrick J. Paul On August 29, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it was working with other federal agencies to reduce the impact of flight restrictions imposed on drone operators flying in close proximity to certain federal facilities. In … Continue reading

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Drones and Forest Fires – Leave It to the Pros

by Patrick J. Paul Wildfire season is in full swing with at least 19 active fires burning across Arizona according to the Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM).  There are multiple other prescribed or controlled fires also presently burning … Continue reading

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Emerging Anti-Drone Technology To Be Commercialized

by Patrick J. Paul Evolving anti-drone technology designed to detect, control, and as necessary, divert unauthorized drones to a safe landing will soon be commercialized pursuant to a licensing agreement between Embry Riddle University and Drone Defense Systems LLC, a … Continue reading

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New Year Reality: Enhanced Drone Regulation Worldwide

Patrick J. Paul Drones were a popular gift this past holiday season.  Their rapidly growing presence is outpacing the ability of aviation regulators worldwide to keep up.  The mayhem that ensued following the December 20, 2018 shutdown of London’s Gatwick … Continue reading

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Can Trump EPA Administrator Pruitt Survive?

by Patrick J. Paul With midterm elections looming, the prospects of a blue wave strengthening, and a consistent shuffling of the Trump cabinet, former Oklahoma Attorney General and current EPA administrator Scott Pruitt now finds himself in the hot seat. … Continue reading

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What happened to all the big changes at Trump’s EPA?

By Mitch Klein Following the presidential election, much was made of the enormous changes that the new president intended to make at the EPA, and his choice for Director, Scott Pruitt, resulted in heated opposition and a frenzied uproar from … Continue reading

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Border Patrol Continues to Test Drone Use

by Patrick J. Paul While legislative wrangling over construction of a border wall continues, unmanned aerial vehicles are a growing part of the nation’s defense strategy.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented the Predator-B Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) … Continue reading

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Western Governors Determined To Strengthen Relationships Under Trump Administration

by Amanda Reeve The Western Governors’ Association (“WGA”) convened for its 2017 Winter Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on December 1-2 to discuss western policy and announce its Policy Resolutions for 2018.  While discussions focused on workforce development, natural resources management, … Continue reading

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Trump Announces Drone Integration Pilot Program

by Patrick J. Paul On October 25, President Trump issued a memorandum directing Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in … Continue reading

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