Drone Law Analysis: Trends from Recent Cases

  Below is this author’s present perspective on the four best known (as of today) drone law decisions and some lessons to be learned. In Huerta v. Pirker, [1] the National Transportation Safety Board held that “model aircraft” a/k/a drones are just a subset of “aircraft” and therefore subject to FAA regulation, however limited or extensive the boundaries of that regulation may[…]

Boggs Leaves Property Owners and Drone Operators to Wait

Dismissal of Boggs v. Merideth because “using a federal forum to resolve Boggs’ [sic] garden variety state tort claim is inappropriate” exposes just how difficult it may be to get judicial guidance on core issues arising from unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) or “drones” in the national airspace. See Memorandum Opinion, (Doc. 20), Case No. 3:16-CV-00006-TBR (W.D. Ky. March 21,[…]

Personal Injury and Property Damage with Drones

Although drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), can come in small sizes, the propellers on drones and flying drone parts can inflict serious, sometimes irreparable damage. The eyes seem particularly vulnerable. Below is a list of some known injuries and the legal consequences: Full Thickness Corneal Laceration. This Spring, a products liability suit was filed against Parrott[…]