The FAA has finally promulgated its new regulations for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly known as "drones." This new system has opened the skies to commercial drones like never before, and presents exciting new business opportunities. At the same time, however, the FAA has substantially increased the amount it can fine illegal operators. It is important to know what you can and cannot do under the new regulations. In addition, the FAA has implemented a system of waivers, exemptions, and certifications that will allow you to go beyond the basics of the regulations.
This course, presented by Mark McKinnon, an aviation attorney with over 25 years of experience and co-chair of the Dentons UAS practice group provides an overview of the regulations governing UAS operations in the United States, and what you will need to know to take advantage.
Mark has worked for over 23 years in all areas of aviation and transportation law, including litigation, appellate, regulatory and other administrative matters. He is a founding member of the firm's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice and has written and spoken extensively on UAS and aviation matters. In addition, he is co-editor of the Plane-ly Spoken Blog, which is dedicated to providing up to date news, analysis, and opinion on issues that affect the aviation industry.
Mark began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard Suhrheinrich on both the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, giving him valuable insights into all aspects of the operations of the federal courts. Mark has extensive appellate and litigation experience in a wide range of areas including foreign and domestic mass disasters, multidistrict litigation, federal aviation regulatory and enforcement actions, insurance coverage, complex commercial litigation involving intellectual property and unfair trade practices, the Federal Tort Claims Act, and government contractor actions.
Mark has also litigated and advised clients on numerous aspects of international air transportation, including the application of the Warsaw Convention, Hague Convention, Montreal Protocols, Montreal Convention, and International Civil Aviation Organization’s International Standards and Recommended Practices.
Mark has assisted a number of clients in their efforts to obtain approval of their commercial UAS operations, including preparation and filing of exemptions and development of Operations Manuals.
Mark has represented clients in cases pending before the Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and the District of Columbia Circuits, the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Florida Court of Appeals, Ohio Court of Appeals, Ohio Supreme Court, Mississippi Supreme Court, and national Transportation safety Board. Mr. McKinnon has also represented clients in a number of international arbitrations, including proceedings in Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa.
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Highly substantive, inciteful presentation. (From another aviation attorney).
Great course and very good overview.
Excellent coverage of field and presentation.
Excellent. What about privacy ??
Mark McKinnon is an excellent speaker. Please offer more CLEs presented by him!
Great speaker, really interesting topic
Good practical tips
The relative infancy of the regulatory structure indicates that this topic needs follow-up. However, since there is high interest in this topic, this presentation is informative about what can redone now and and how permission to operate drones might be obtained.