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The Proposed sUAS Rules Are Here

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This Sunday, the FAA and DOT finally released their proposed rules for commercial use of drones weighing 55 pounds or less in our national airspace. The good news? No pilot’s license or flight school will be required to operate a drone commercially. The bad news? The formal rulemaking process has just begun and we will have to wait until at least 2 years until the proposed rules become final. Until the final rules go into effect, which will probably not be until 2017, anyone who wants to operate a drone commercially and legally will still have to submit a Section 333 petition for exemption.

Highlights of the Proposed sUAS Rules:

No pilot’s license or flight school required 500 foot altitude limit Operations in Class B, C, D and E airspace are allowed with the required ATC permission Pass an aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center. Visual observer not required No ATC permission necessary to operate in Class G airspace No airworthiness certification of the aircraft

Here is the full text of the proposed Rules: FAA sUAS NPRM

In addition, President Obama released his Memorandum on privacy relating to domestic use of drones

Let Antonelli Law Help you Draft Your Public Comments

Now is the time to make your voice heard. Once the proposed rules are published in the Federal Register sometime in March or April, industry and the public will have just 60 days to submit public comments on them. The FAA is required to consider all the public comments about the proposed rules  and allow the public to participate in any hearings. The agency may make adjustments to the proposed rules based on the public feedback it receives. Sometime in 2016 or 2017 it will issue the final rule, which will have the force and effect of law.

If there are issues that you strongly support or oppose in the proposed rules, or that you believe should be in the rules but are not, you should be filing comments. We can help you articulate your concerns in a way that will maximize your impact. Antonelli Law’s UAS Co-Counsel, Mark Del Bianco, has 30 years of experience in federal agency rule-making proceedings.  For more information or to speak with Mr. Del Bianco, telephone us at 312-201-8310 or use the contact form below. sUAS-160x480-1-29-2015

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Two More Section 333 Approvals by FAA

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Today, the FAA approved two new Section 333 petitions for exemption for sUAS. The first is for Asymmetric Technologies LLC of Columbus, Ohio and the second is for Blue Chip UAS.  Special congrats to Asymetric Techologies whose general counsel, Stuart C. Sparker, we met at the Ohio UAS Conference in 2014.  This brings the total to 23 US companies and individuals now possessing FAA approval to fly UAS commercially.

 Asymmetric_Technologies_LLC Blue Chip_UAS

Asymmetric_Technologies_LLC‘s approved use is solely to inspect the underside of a bridge over a canyon. Its petition described the project as near US Highway 93 in Mohave County, Arizona, sitting above Raster Wash adjacent to the Burro Creek Wilderness Area approximately 70 miles south east of Kingman, Arizona.

The approved sUAS to be used by Asymetric Technologies LLC is manufacturerd by Microdrones, weighs 8.5 pounds, and limited to  flight times of 45 minutes and 27 mph. It has a GPS assisted barometer and return to home (RTH) technology in the event of a lost command and control link. The FAA specifically mentioned that the VO must not participate in operating the camera or other instruments, as its role is to aid the pilot in command (PIC) in its see and avoid duty,

For Blue Chip_UAS their approved uses include agriculture, oil and gas, aerial photography, and wildlife industries using a 10 pound sUAS, the Sensurion Magpie MP-1, with a speed of 68 knots.  The most interesting aspect of Blue Chip UAS’s grant of exemption is that the FAA is permitting it to operate within 5 miles of an airport as long as there is a letter of agreement between Blue Chip UAS and the airport’s management and the COA and NOTAM requirements are met.

Both Asymetric Technologies LLC of Columbus Ohio and Blue Chip UAS are required to use PICs with at least a private pilot’s certificate (license) with a third class medical certificate.

If your company would like assistance filing its own Section 333 petition to fly UAS commercially, contact firm principal Jeffrey Antonelli at 312-201-8310 or fill out the contact form below and we will contact you. See  our recent Section 333 filings for an indication of the quality of our work:

High voltage power-line infrastructure inspection: Aerial Inspection Resources (AIR) Cinematography: iCam Copters LLC  Real estate: Owlcam LLC

If you are interested in an excerpt of Jeffrey Antonelli’s recent appearance discussing drones on Chicago Tonight please click here.


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21 US Companies Can Fly UAS Commercially

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Today, the FAA approved two new Section 333 petitions for exemption to Pravia LLC of Florida relating to crop inspection for a seed producer. This brings the total to 21 US companies and individuals now possessing FAA approval to fly UAS commercially, with several companies receiving several exemptions or amendments to their original grant of exemption.

Pravia #1 Pravia #2

Since January 23rd, the FAA approved the following Section 333 petitions for exemption:

AeroCine Burnz Eye View Shotover Camera Systems Slugwear- Likeonatree Aerial Team 5 Total Safety US Helinet Aviation Services Alan Purwin Aerial MOB Amendment Pictorvision Amendment

Again, just as with previous Section 333 exemptions, the FAA continues to require that the Pilot in Command (PIC) possesses at least a private pilot certificate and a current third-class medical certificate.

If your company would like assistance filing its own Section 333 petition to fly UAS commercially, contact firm principal Jeffrey Antonelli at 312-201-8310 or fill out the contact form below and we will contact you. In addition to the iCam Copters LLC  and Owlcam LLC petitions recently filed by Antonelli Law, to see the original petition Antonelli Law filed for Nixon Engineering see our previous post here.


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Searching the Regulations.gov website is too hard, so we wanted to make it easy for you to find the latest Section 333 petitions for exemption.

We have updated our list to include the newest 214 Section 333 petitions on file, including several new Section 333 petitions Antonelli Law recently filed: iCam Copters LLC and Owlcam LLC. This brings the total number of Section 333 petitions filed with the FAA to 331.   Please note that no warranties are made to the accuracy or completeness of these petitions. For the official versions go to Regulations.gov.

If your company would like assistance filing its own Section 333 petition to fly UAS commercially, contact firm principal Jeffrey Antonelli at 312-201-8310 or fill out the contact form below and we will contact you. In addition to the iCam Copters LLC  and Owlcam LLC petitions recently filed by Antonelli Law, to see the original petition Antonelli Law filed for Nixon Engineering select it in  our previous post here

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Pirker Settles With FAA

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It has been reported today that Raphael Pirker, who fought the FAA’s $10,000 fine alleging he flew his styrofoam “drone” in a careless and reckless manner, has settled with the FAA by paying a $1,100 fine.


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