Author Archive: Mark McKinnon

UAS: An Aircraft By Any Other Name Is Still An Aircraft

When is an aircraft not an aircraft?  At first glance, this would seem to be the type of question that Lewis Carrol would ask, as it seems to answer itself.  An “aircraft,” by definition, is always an “aircraft,” in much the same way that a “duck” is always a “duck,” particularly when it both walks and quacks like one.  Of course, if you are facing potential criminal and civil penalties, even self-evident questions become worthy of extensive litigation and briefing….
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FAA Finalizes Small UAS Rules – Releases Part 107

The day the UAS industry has been waiting for is finally here.  The FAA has just announced the release of 14 CFR Part 107, which sets out the operating rules for all small unmanned aircraft.  This new regulatory system promises to open the skies to commerce in a way that was not possible under the restrictions that accompanied Section 333 Exemptions.  The new rules will go into effect 60 days after they are published in the Federal Register some time…
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