UAS Digest #41

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UAS Digest #41: Our Weekly Drone Publication

June 10, 2016

Upcoming Events
Teen fights to defend his legal right to strap guns to drones
UASs move up to human taxi
What one person (separate JDA article) thinks is wrong with the FAA
AMA makes the case for decline in drone incidents
WalMart to use drones indoors
Federal District Judge is reviews the FAA’s “aircraft” definition


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 Young people drawn in by drones – Schools like Paterson Arts & Science already offer programs designed to capture the imagination of children who could one day become engineers, physicists or experts in robotics.

→  Video: Football freestyler controls soccer ball dropped from drone to set new record



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→  A Brief History of Drones – Most UAVs were originally designed for military attack rather than to line the shelves of toy stores. Here’s an in-depth look at this ultimate gadget to explore the background of their dark and mysterious origins.

→  Would You Ride in a Drone? Passenger UAV To Begin Test Flights in Nevada


City and State Economic Development and Government Use

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City and State REGULATORY Action

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 Christchurch City Council approves drones policy – The policy, which will come into effect from 1 August 2016, requires any person wishing to fly a drone weighing more than 1.5 kilograms to gain consent before flying over a Council park or reserve.

→ Challenge To FAA Drone Authority Quietly Playing Out In Connecticut Federal Court – A hard fought battle is being waged in a federal district court in New Haven, Connecticut over whether small drones – so-called model aircraft – are indeed aircraft subject to FAA jurisdiction.



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→  Drone racing gains popularity in Orlando – In Florida there are three main chapters and about 12 smaller chapters of FPV racers organized by location.

→  Rally Portugal: Phantom 4 Aerial Analysis – Starting with Rallye Monte Carlo this past January, DJI has been working closely with the World Rally Championship (WRC) in a partnership that aims to bring a completely new perspective of the world’s most prestigious rally championship to fans around the world.

→  Your next date night could be a drone night – Skip dinner and a movie. Your next date night could be in a dark room where you and your date don a pair of goggles and race each other via drones whizzing through a “Tron”-like track at 80 mph.

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→  Looking For Your Next Adrenaline High? Try Drone Racing –



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→  Large UAV test meetings set – The North Dakota State University Extension Service is starting a series of public meetings to keep farmers and others informed about the results of a large unmanned aerial vehicle data gathering test.

→  Frost & Sullivan Applauds Simlat’s Global Leadership as a Provider of UAS Training & Simulation Platforms as well as the Most Advanced UAS Training Solutions – Simlat boasts the most comprehensive suite of training solutions for both military and commercial customers and offers the best UAS training performance and actionable training standards.

→  Hudson Valley Community College to Host Information Session on New UAS/Drone Flight Training Course 


Enforcement and Threats

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→  Drone causes tension at the Regina airport – A Regina company could be in trouble with Transport Canada after flying a drone too close to the Regina airport when a plane was getting set to land on June 1, 2016.

→  Heath drone flyer threatened with arrest after panic at ladies’ pond – A man flying his drone over Hampstead Heath was threatened with arrest after panicked swimmers in the ladies’ pond feared he was spying on them.

→  Wildfire agencies ramp up efforts to stop hobby drones near fires – NIAFC is pushing a message to the public, “If You Fly, We Can’t” to remind hobbyist and recreational pilots about the negative impact sUAV flights can have during firefighting missions.

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FAA Actions, Appeal, and Reactions

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→  FAA Senior UAS Advisor Says Agency Could Put Limit On Max Speed, Altitude of Drones : The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

→  FAA advisor in Pittsburgh says agency might limit max speed, altitude of drones


FAA Reauthorization and UAS

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 Small Win for Industry as FAA, Lithium Ion Battery Bill Stalls – The Senate passed its version of the FAA bill in May but lacks widespread backing in the House due to a disagreement over privatizing America’s airport security, deadlocking the two chambers.


Foreign Regulatory Actions

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→  New legislative framework for civil drones in Germany? – It is planned that all devices with a take-off mass of more than 0.5 kilograms – whether for commercial or private purposes – must be marked to enable identification of the user in case of abuse or accidents.

→ Want to fly a Drone in India? Well You Can’t – Not without proper documentation and licensing and permissions, with a lot of paperwork involved to delay the process as much as possible, according to a proposed draft titled “Guidelines for obtaining Unique Identification Number (UIN) & Operation of Civil Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)” issued by the Civil Aviation authorities. 

→  Drone rules out of sight – A recent parliamentary ­report into agricultural innovation recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority investi­gate regulations requiring UAVs be flown within visual line of sight.

→  Stakeholders discuss norms for civilian use of drones – NEW DELHI: Officials of Civil Aviation, Defence and Home Ministries along with those from other agencies today discussed the proposed guidelines for civilian use of drones and other unmanned flying vehicles.



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International Developments

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 China Sets up First UAV Emergency Rescue Team

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Market Forecast / Investment

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→  New report examines the Global multi rotor UAV industry report value analysis and forecast to 2021 – Firstly, the report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Multi Rotor UAV market analysis is provided for the international market including development history, competitive landscape analysis, and major regions development status.

→  New report shares details about the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry – A professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry.


Legal Information

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→  Canada: Regulations and Drone Certification: Don’t Fly by the Seat of your Pants

→  Is Flying a Drone Illegal? A Comprehensive Guide to America’s Drone Laws

→  K-State Polytechnic Lands First National Drone Client – After debuting its inaugural flight training course to UAS students in January, the program is expanding that offering to now include its first national professional client.

→  Farmers and landowners urged to protect themselves against damage drones can cause – The Midlands’ leading agricultural lawyer has urged farmers and landowners to protect themselves against potential damage from the growing use of drones.

→  FAA Rules for Drones: The Waiting is the Hardest Part – While the FAA currently authorizes commercial drone operations on a case-by-case basis, it is anticipated that a new rule will be finalized this year and will be comprehensive enough to fulfill the public desire for commercial drone operations.

→  Full-Day Drone Law Seminar to Kick Off InterDrone

→  Teen Fights to Defend His Legal Right to Strap Guns to Drones


Media Use

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→  Rally Portugal: Phantom 4 Aerial Analysis – Starting with Rallye Monte Carlo this past January, DJI has been working closely with the World Rally Championship (WRC) in a partnership that aims to bring a completely new perspective of the world’s most prestigious rally championship to fans around the world.


Operational Developments

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→  AATI Completes UAV Test Flights For Energy Industry – American Aerospace Technologies has successfully completed flight tests for the energy industry flying an unmanned aircraft system from the Farmville Regional Airport in Farmville, Virginia.

→  NATE Releases Unmanned Aerial Systems Safety Resource – The National Association of Tower Erectors is providing some summer reading, announcing the release of a new resource document titled “Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure.”

→  Human ‘drone taxi’ to be tested in Nevada – The autonomous drone – dubbed 184 – can carry one passenger and was developed by Chinese company EHang.

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→  Wal-Mart is replacing employees with drones

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→  This FPL drone could get your lights back on faster after a storm

Person in Drone Nation

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The players in Huerta v. Haughwout et al

Austin HaughwoutAustin Haughwout, the 19 year old challenging the FAA’s definition of an UAS as an “aircraft” in Federal District Court

Austin Haughwout (born November 13, 1996) is an American drone hobbyist and former Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) engineering student .He garnered attention for  YouTube videos of his UAS flights.

Here are some of the stories about Mr. Haughwout.


The Case

Austin HaughwoutTeen Fights to Defend His Legal Right to Strap Guns to Drones

→ Huerta v. Haughwout et alDocket with pleadings

Connecticut US District Court
Judge Jeffrey A Meyer

Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer was sworn in as a United States District Judge on February 28, 2014. He graduated from Yale College in 1985, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador, and then graduated from Yale Law School in 1989. After graduating from law school, Judge Meyer served as a law clerk for Chief Judge James L. Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Meyer began his practice career in 1992 as a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid and later as a corporate litigator from 1993 to 1995 in Washington, D.C. From 1995 to 2004, Judge Meyer served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut. He then served in New York from 2004 to 2005 as Senior Counsel to the Independent Inquiry for the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq.

From 2006 to 2014, Judge Meyer was a professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law, and from 2010 to 2014, he also served as a visiting professor at Yale Law School with the Yale Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic. Judge Meyer’s scholarship has focused on federal regulatory crimes as well as the extraterritorial application of United States law. His articles have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, the Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, and the Yale Journal of International Law. He presently co-teaches the Constitutional Litigation Seminar at Yale Law School.


Counsel for the Haughwout’sMario Kenneth Cerame

(excerpted from LinkedIn)Mario Kenneth Cerame

Randazza Legal Group
May 2016 – Present (2 months) Las Vegas, Nevada Area

Working under one of the nation’s preeminent First Amendment attorneys, doing work concerning drone law, defamation, adult entertainment, section 230 of the CDA, DMCA, trademark, copyright, infringement, anti-SLAPP litigation, online business law, and of course extensive First Amendment litigation and other constitutional law.

Quinnipiac University School of Law
JD, 3.58
2009 – 2012
Top 6%; 9/160

Honors and Awards:
Quinnipiac Law Review, Publications Editor;
Ithaca College
BA, English, Education
2000 – 2003


Counsel for Administrator Huerta

John Pearson

Deputy Criminal Chief, Major Fraud Section
United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas
December 2012 – Present (3 years 7 months)

Deputy Criminal Chief, Program Fraud Section
United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas
June 2015 – January 2016 (8 months)

Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
September 2012 – December 2012 (4 months)

Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
November 2004 – September 2012 (7 years 11 months)
Public Integrity Section, Criminal Division

Law Clerk
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
2003 – 2004 (1 year)

Princeton-in-Asia Teaching Fellow
City University of Hong Kong
1999 – 2000 (1 year)


The University of Texas School of Law
J.D., 2000 – 2003

Princeton University
A.B., English1995 – 1999



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→  UAS/FAA: The FAA Has No Business In The Privacy Business! – The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed an appeal by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) whereby they sought to compel the FAA, as part of the small UAS rulemaking, to promulgate privacy rules.


Regulatory Policy

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→  Why America’s drone problem may not be as bad as everyone thinks – A new report suggests that drone pilots are now flying more responsibly amid heightened public concerns over the dangers of the unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Restrictions from parties other than FAA

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Safety Research

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Upcoming Events [UPDATED WEEKLY]

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USI Conference Washington—June 13-15, Washington, DC

UAV Remote Sensing Applications Course—June 13-17, Barcelona

Unmanned Global Systems—June 13-17, Paris



ICUAS, International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems—June 7-10, Arlington, VA



Evolving drone law on conference agenda—August 3, Canberra

US National Drone Racing Championships—August 5-7, New York City

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Midwest UAS conference—August 16-17, Dayton, OH

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UAS Summit and Expo—August 22-24, Grand Forks, ND

The 2016 event, focused on both small and large unmanned aircraft systems, will feature industry and military leaders, UAV manufacturers, payload providers, designers, and commercial operators with the most important insight of today’s UAS world.

The 2016 program will provide in-depth analysis and timely presentations from 75-plus speakers focused on the following for both small and large unmanned aircraft systems.

The Summit, taking place in what many have called the “Silicon Valley of Drones,” offers the most open airspace in the country, vast tracts of farmland, infrastructure to test on and the nation’s first unmanned aircraft degree program.

The Commercial UAV Show – Africa—August 23-24, Johannesburg, South Africa

China Commercial UAV—August 25, Shenzhen, China



The Commercial UAV Show Asia—September 1-2, Singapore

InterDrone: The International Drone Conference and Exposition—September 7-9, Las Vegas

→  Second Women in Drones Event Planned for InterDrone

Drone Experience—September 16-17, Nantes, France

UASympEx—September 18-19, Hamburg, Germany

ExpoDrónica—September 22-23, Zaragoza, Spain

Commercial UAVs—September 27-29, Royal on the Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

DronItaly—September 30-October 1, ModenaFiere, Modena



USI Conference San Francisco—October 3-5, CA

→  First Age of Drone Expo—October 7-8, Dortmund, Germany

INTERGEO Co-Hosts German UAS Event—October 11 to 13, Hamburg, Germany. The “interaerial SOLUTIONS Expo. Forum. Flight Zone for UAS”- A showcase for manufacturers, UAS users and operators, accessories, software and end-to-end solutions will be co-hosted at INTERGEO

The Commercial UAV Show—October 19-20, London

The GeoConnect ShowCo-located with The Commercial UAV Show (above)—October 19-20, London

Precision Entertainment, Conference for Hollywood film and television influencers—October 26-27, Hollywood, CA

Commercial UAV Expo—October 31–November 2, Las Vegas



Drones, Data X Conference—November 3-5, Ireland

Drone World Expo: The Defining Event for the Commercial Applications of UAS Technology—November 15-16, San Jose, CA

Drone World Expo Partners with Leading Industry Groups

USCEI Unmanned Systems Conference & Exhibition India—November 17-18, New Delhi, India



National Drone Show – December 7-8, Washington, DC

International Drone Expo & Business Conference – December 9-10, Los Angeles, CA


To Be Announced & After 2016

F3Expo is the world’s first drone technology and lifestyle event for all ages and skill levels.

→  Hartford UAV Challenge –  “We plan on having some UAV events in Westport within the next year and hopefully something at the 7th annual Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 22, 2017,”


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