Drones in the National Airspace: FAA Regulations & Legal Hurdles


CLE Credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This presentation will cover the past, present, and future of drone regulations in the United States. Attorneys will learn about the federal regulatory framework allowing businesses and public entities to operate drones of various sizes and capabilities, from inspecting oil pipelines to flying around like the Jetsons under the fast-approaching system of “urban air mobility.” The speakers will also cover the interplay of federal safety regulations with state and local regulations governing privacy and other aspects of drone operation. Key discussion topics include drone operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), experimental airworthiness certificates under FAA Order 8130.34D, and evolving commercial operations under 14 C.F.R. Part 107 (and related waivers).

Key topics to be discussed:

•   The federal regulatory framework governing drones
•   How courts will reconcile state and local drone regulations with federal law
•   Beyond visual line of sight operations (BVLOS)
•   Urban air mobility

Date / Time: July 17, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 am Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: February 26, 2019

Barbara E. Lichman, Ph.D. has an extensive and successful record representing airports, municipalities, developers, and other public and private clients in litigation and administrative proceedings under Federal Aviation statutes such as the Airline Deregulation Act and Airport Noise and Capacity Act; the California Public Utilities Code governing land use in airport environs (Aeronautics Act); and federal and state environmental statutes including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Clean Air Act, the Federal Clean Water Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, and the California Coastal Act. She has also successfully represented clients in litigation involving land use issues such as inverse condemnation, development agreements and specific plan amendments. Dr. Lichman holds a doctorate in urban and regional planning.

Dr. Lichman’s experience is both national and international. As a Registered Federal Lobbyist, Dr. Lichman successfully lobbied and testified before Congress on behalf of aircraft owners and operators on issues including the grant of investment tax credits for noise reduction of aircraft engines. She also served as counsel to Air AAA Group, a consortium of international architectural, engineering and construction companies in their airport development activities at Pudong Airport, Shanghai, China. Dr. Lichman served as managing partner of Chevalier, Allen & Lichman, LLP, for sixteen years, and has been at Buchalter for six years.

Paul J. Fraidenburgh, Esq. is Co-Chair of Buchalter’s Aviation Industry Group. Mr. Fraidenburgh focuses his practice on representing aviation industry clients in complex litigation and regulatory affairs. Mr. Fraidenburgh has argued and won in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and has served as lead trial counsel in California and elsewhere. He represents clients ranging from government agencies to Fortune 100 companies. In 2018, Mr. Fraidenburgh was named a “Top 40 Under 40” lawyer by the Daily Journal, as one of only 20 lawyers selected from Southern California.

Mr. Fraidenburgh has gained a national reputation for his representation of clients in the field of unmanned aircraft systems. The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and several other publications have quoted Mr. Fraidenburgh on emerging legal issues in the aviation industry. His clients include the largest and most cutting-edge aerospace companies in the world.

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Section I. Federal Regulatory Background and Overview
a) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
b) FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
c) FAA Part 107 Regulations (Small UAS Rule)
        i. Waivers
        ii. FAA LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability)
        iii. BVLOS Operations
d) New NPRM for Night Flights and Flights over People

Section II. State and Local Regulations

Section III. Urban Air Mobility