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WSJ on the FAA’s Draft Rules for Commercial Use of Small Drones

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Monday, November 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I missed yesterday’s intriguing little report from Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor, which opens: Highly anticipated federal rules on commercial drones are expected to require operators to have a license and limit flights to daylight hours, below 400 feet and within sight of the person at the controls, according to people familiar with the rule-making . . .
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A Modest Proposal: FAA Exclusivity for Collection Involving U.S. Technology Companies

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Monday, November 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

I’ve been wrestling with an idea on electronic surveillance reform, and when I recently consulted with Benjamin Wittes about it, he encouraged me to post here and seek the feedback of Lawfare’s readership. So here goes my maiden Lawfare post: a modest proposal for reform of the legal authorities under which NSA collects communications content . . .
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NTSB Overturns ALJ Ruling in Pirker Drone Case

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Robot-inclined folk probably already know the story of Rafael Pirker.  In 2011 he flew his Ritewing Zephyr powered glider over the University of Virginia, while taking aerial photos; allegedly the aircraft also performed some dangerous, low-altitude maneuvers.  This brought on Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) enforcement and a $10,000 fine. It was therefore quite a big . . .
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Ryan Calo on the FAA’s Setback on Domestic Drones

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Friday, March 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM

“Drones: 1, FAA: 0” is the headline of Ryan Calo’s article in Forbes.com about the overturning of an FAA fine against a domestic drone operator. Those who remember the FAA’s faintly absurd intervention in the Lawfare Drone Smackdown sometime back, won’t find this altogether surprising. Writes Calo: An administrative judge invalidated a fine yesterday against an individual . . .
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One Reason the FAA is Concerned About Domestic Drones…

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Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

. . .  is ground safety. The concern is not wholly without merit. For example, from WTVR.com in Richmond, Va.:

Thoughtful Essay on Drones, Privacy and Domestic Regulation . . .

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 6:41 AM

. . . by Ryan Calo over at Concurring Opinions: For many, the word “drone” brings to mind an image of the military-grade Predator. The folks within the DYI Drones movement, however, and most local law enforcement, are more likely to be building or using a quadrocopter.  These devices are light, generally battery-powered, and capable of somewhere . . .
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The FAA Wants to Hear From You About Privacy and Domestic Drones

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Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Robot watchers likely know about the FAA’s recent solicitation of applications from entities desiring to operate one of six experimental test sites for domestic drones. Last year, Congress ordered the FAA to figure out how to bring drones into the national airspace, and on a broad scale, by late 2015.  Thus the test site program, . . .
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Barred in DC But You Can Buy them in Secure International Airports

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Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3:17 PM

According to the FAA, you can’t fly the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 in the D.C. Flight Restricted Zone. But just guess where this picture was taken. According to a correspondent who prefers to remain anonymous but who recently passed through Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport, it is being sold by Brookstone “Inside of security, with . . .
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Drones on 16th Street

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Somehow, I doubt the FAA would mind these drones over D.C. airspace. Inauguration day drone protest. Hat tip: Josh Gerstein

On the Digging of Cyber Holes: The NextGen Air Traffic Control System

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

The aphorism is a commonplace – if you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging.  I sometimes wonder if our cyber developers understand that problem. Today’s case in point is the NextGen air traffic control system (whose vulnerability was first pointed out to me by a student in . . .
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New Paper on Domestic Drone Issues

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Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM

From the shameless self-promotion department, this: last week Brookings published my recent paper on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems—drones—into our national airspace. The piece identifies: (1) key benchmarks set by the FAA Modernization and Authorization Act, the statute behind the integration process; (2) the agency’s progress to date in meeting those benchmarks; and (3) . . .
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