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By Joan Lowy, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials say they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned aircraft crowding the nation’s skies in the not-too-distant future. In the nine months since the Federal Aviation Administration created a drone registration… Read More »

Court rules owners must pay when police destroy property

By Phillip Bantz, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Law enforcement officers needn’t worry about paying for property they damage in the line of duty, according to a novel decision that divided the South Carolina Supreme Court and left a pair of business owners holding the bag after police bulldozed their convenience store. The issue of whether… Read More »

Small UAS Rules and Third Class Medical Reform

By Ken Mead, AOPA General Counsel Over the past 60 days there have been significant developments related to the FAA’s new rule on the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and Third Class Medical Reform. Because you are a Panel Attorney for AOPA’s Legal Services Plan, we would like to share with you our… Read More »

Restaurant, drunken driver pay $3.75M to settle dram shop suit

By Phillip Bantz, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly A well-known restaurant chain has paid a $3.25 million settlement to a road crew worker who alleged that he was the victim of an over-served patron. The patron paid the worker an additional $500,000 to resolve the case. The worker, Calvin Singleton, alleged in a dram shop action filed… Read More »

A case in which the Court determined that warrantless blood tests incident to an arrest for drunk driving violate the Fourth Amendment, but warrantless breath tests incident to an arrest for drunk driving do not.

Birchfield v. North Dakota, Oyez, https://www.oyez.org/cases/2015/14-1468 (last visited Sep 4, 2016). Facts of the case: Danny Birchfield drove into a ditch in Morton County, North Dakota. When police arrived on the scene, they believed Birchfield was intoxicated. Birchfield failed both the field sobriety tests and the breath test. He was arrested, but he refused to… Read More »

How the FAA Is Regulating Small Drones

By David Elser, Business and Commercial Aviation As you read this, a new Federal Aviation Regulation applying to the registration of small UASs (sUASs), or drones, may be in place. (As BCA went to press, the FAA issued a rule for registration of small UAS weighing 0.55 lb. to less than 55 lb.–Ed.) And if so,… Read More »

A Small Business Startup Based On Small Drones

By David Esler, Business and Commercial Aviation Modesto, California, resident Tom Davis’s background includes 25 years as a scientific programmer during which he developed software apps and performed software engineering for high-speed computer systems. Having been raised on a farm in California’s Central Valley, he also was familiar with mechanized agriculture. And since his father had… Read More »

New rules may let drone industry soar

By Thad Moore, The Post and Courier The business of flying drones is in its early days in Charleston, but under new federal rules, the industry may be ready to take off. The Federal Aviation Administration loosened its requirements Monday for flying drones commercially, making it cheaper and easier for businesses to get the go-ahead to… Read More »

New FAA Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Go Into Effect

WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the implementation of the first operational rules for routine non-hobbyist use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”). The regulations on June 21, 2016 officially take effect today. “People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer,… Read More »

Applying for a Waiver under the New Drone Rules

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new small drone rule effective August 29 – formally known as Part 107 – allows for some expanded operations based on technology mitigations if you can make the safety case for a waiver of some provisions. Operators can apply for waivers to operate at night, beyond line of sight, above… Read More »