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Earlier this year, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an Act to Protect Access to Confidential Healthcare (the PATCH Act), which prevents information regarding “sensitive health care services” from being shared with anyone other than the patient in the form of Explanation of Benefits (EOB) and Summary of Payment (SOP) forms. When more than one person is covered by the same medical insurance plan, sensitive health care information can be disclosed through the use of…
By signing the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, President Donald Trump reinstated the requirement for recreational drone operators to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The requirement was initially introduced in late 2015, but in May of this year, a D.C. Circuit Judge ruled that the FAA did not have proper authority to enforce the requirement. The Judge cited a 2012 aviation law which held that recreational drones are considered model aircraft, and…
A Columbus, Ohio based company, CivitasNow, has just become the second company ever (CNN was the first) to be granted a Part 107 waiver to fly drones over people by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA gave the company approval to allow its Aerotain Skye drone to operate over unsheltered people on the ground. The Aerotain Skye is a helium filled tethered drone, which, according to the agency, “resembles a tethered, floating…
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently published notice in the Federal Register seeking permission to quicken authorizations for Part 107 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in restricted areas. The FAA wishes to use the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system for authorizations which would give the FAA the ability “to grant near-real time authorizations for the vast majority of operations” which includes “Class B, Class C, or Class D airspace or within the…
President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch an initiative which will safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in select jurisdictions. According to the DOT, the results of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program will be used to speed up the safe assimilation of drones into national airspace, which will in turn showcase the benefits of this emerging technology…
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted CNN approval to operate drones over people in real-world conditions, which means that for the first time, drones will be allowed to fly over wide ranges of urban and suburban environments. CNN requested a Part 107 waiver, which was granted by the FAA, which will allow it to fly drones up to an altitude of 150 feet above ground level. When applying for the wavier, CNN developed a…
On October 12, 2017, a drone collided with a commercial aircraft while it was approaching Jean Lesage International Airport, in Quebec City. This is the first time that a drone has hit a commercial plane in Canada, according to Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau. He stated, “I am extremely relieved that the aircraft only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely.” No injuries to the eight passengers on board the airplane were…
When we previously wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, there was a deadline set at the end of September. Just before the deadline, Congress approved a six-month extension of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) taxes to give lawmakers more time to debate contentious, long-term airline policies. It is now set to expire on March 31, 2018, which will give legislators more time to assess items such as air-traffic control management and pilot training. FAA…
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has prohibited drone flights at 10 Department of the Interior (DOI) landmarks across the country. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” is being used by the FAA to address concerns about drone use at the 10 sites. Staring on October 5th, drone flights will be prohibited up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these landmarks: Statue of Liberty…
Last week, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled that the City of Newton’s drone ordinance, which attempted to regulate drone flights in the airspace over Newton, Massachusetts could not be enforced by the municipality because it is pre-empted by federal law. In December of 2016, the city passed an ordinance that required drone operators to register their drones, banned unmanned drone flights under 400 feet, and banned flights over private and public property without permission…