Chicago’s Patrick Byrnes, a Partner in Locke Lord's Litigation Department and member of the Firm’s Aviation & Defense team, addressed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2015 small unmanned aircraft registration rule, which a Washington, D.C., court decided violates the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
Byrnes noted: “This opinion suggests the FAA is precluded from regulating in any way the operation of drones used for recreational purposes. Separate and apart from this decision, there are potential further constitutional challenges to the FAA’s regulatory authority over the commercial use of drones below 500 ft. and, in particular, on private property.”
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