On November 21, 2015, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee, chartered by the FAA, issued its Final Report to the FAA containing the Task Force’s recommendations for how the FAA should implement a national drone registry system. With the dueling goals of maintaining safety in the National Airspace System (NAS) while also encouraging the emergence of the nascent UAS industry, the Task Force was given a difficult job: “develop recommendations for the creation of a registration process” for sUAS. The Final Report is particularly timely, as somewhere between 500,000 to 1 million drones (nearly all of which will be sUAS) are expected to be sold in the United States over the upcoming holiday season. To read the full alert, click here.
Chris Carr serves as chair of the Environment and Energy Group, and as co-chair of the firm’s UAS/Drone Group and the Clean Technology Group. Drawing from his experience with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation, Mr. Carr represents land developers, business concerns, private individuals, public agencies and nonprofits in all areas of environmental and natural resource law, including energy, forestry, water, mining, coastal and marine resources, agriculture and land development. More ›
William O’Connor’s experience includes aviation, product liability, insurance/reinsurance, toxic tort, and commercial litigation matters. He has tried jury cases to verdict in federal and state court. His practice involves complex and multidistrict litigation, with a special emphasis on the representation of aerospace companies in high-stakes litigation. More ›
Joanna Simon represents clients in complex and multidistrict litigation, with an emphasis on aviation and pharmaceutical defense. Her experience includes product liability, aviation, pharmaceutical, and general commercial matters. Joanna has also been an integral part of building the firm’s unmanned aircraft systems/drone practice, acting as its associate lead since its inception in 2014. More ›
Andrew Barr is an associate in the litigation department. Mr. Barr represents clients in both state and federal court, with an emphasis on aviation-related matters and securities defense. He is a member of the firm’s UAS/Drone Group, and, as a pilot, he is able to provide a unique perspective when working with aviation and UAS clients. More ›