The Taylor Case

cropped-logo-2048px.jpgDrone Law Nation, there’s never a dull moment in the drone law world, is there? A huge decision was handed down last month from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In the case of Taylor v. FAA, the Court held that the FAA’s drone registration requirement for hobbyists was illegal.

When I say illegal, I mean that it went against Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. That was a law passed by Congress and signed by the President. In our governmental system, a federal agency cannot do things that are banned by a federal statute. And that is what the Court held that the drone registration system did – it went against the text of the statute that prevented FAA regulation of model aircraft.

Today’s episode is a talk with John Taylor, the plaintiff in the case. Joining us is the (ever amazing) Jonathan Rupprecht, who you will know from prior episodes. Jonathan helped Mr. Taylor with the case.

This talk is an “inside view” of how the litigation went down. We also get into the “details” of what the Court did and why it made its decision.

Join us in reliving this important part of the history of U.S. drone law.

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Links for You:

Amazon Support Link

Taylor v. FAA Decision

Section 336 (search for “336” in the .pdf)

www.jrupprechtlaw.com

Our first talk with Jonathan Rupprecht

Our second talk with him Jonathan Rupprecht

The Pirker Case and FAA Drone Regulation

 

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Nothing in this podcast is legal advice! Please don’t make legal decisions for yourself or your business before consulting counsel of your choice.

Keep on Flying,

-Steve

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Q&A #7: Telling Better Stories

Logo 600 x 600Drone Law Nation, we’re back to answer your questions! But first, a note on the stories we tell ourselves. Seth Godin had a recent blog post about the power of stories surrounding new technology. A lot of the “problems” surrounding the public perception of drones are about the stories that appear in the minds of people who hear the word “drone.” If we want to change the perception, we must change the story.

Part of that is showing what the technology can do. Part of that is abiding by the law. Most of it is about what we do, every day, and the stories that those actions tell.

Let’s make a good story, Drone Law Nation.

With that in mind, we answer questions about the FAA’s power to regulate hobbyist drones, and what to do when the AMA guidelines are different than the FAA’s “Know Before You Fly” guidance on how to fly safely. Listen in for the latest!

Download link: Motion to Dismiss filed in the Pirker case

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Drone Law Today Q&A #2!

Logo 600 x 600Drone Law Nation, we’re back to answer your drone law questions! Can a Section 333 holder hire a Pilot In Command as an independent contractor? Do they have to hire the pilot as an employee? Are state “drone law” flight restrictions preempted (overruled) by the FAA regs? Should you register your drone now, or wait until February? Do you give up your ability to fly FPV if you register your drone? What does “visual line of sight” even mean? Tune in for answers to all these questions and more!

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Some links for you:

FAA Guidance on State Drone Law

FAA Modernization & Reform Act of 2012 (search for “336”)

Hogan Lovells article on possible shift in FAA VLOS policy

What questions do you have about Drone Law? Click here to let us know!

Nothing in this podcast is legal advice! Please don’t make legal decisions for yourself or your business before consulting counsel of your choice.

Download your FREE copy of “The Drone Revolution: How Robotic Aviation Will Change the World,” right here: CLICK FOR BOOK!

Keep on flying,

Steve