As Drones Multiply, Legal Challenges Increase

Written by Steven Pounian and Justin Green
New York Law Journal
Originally published Oct 23, 2014

In 10 years, drones will be used for missions that today would be unimaginable. How the FAA integrates drones into our national airspace has major commercial and safety implications.

The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requires that the FAA develop a comprehensive regulatory policy "to support safe and efficient [drone] operations in the national airspace." The law authorizes the administration in the interim to permit the commercial use of certain types of drones in low-risk, controlled environments.

Commercial uses on the horizon include filmmaking, agriculture, oil and gas industries, commercial fishing, package delivery and even remote delivery of medicine.

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