Chicago’s Patrick Byrnes, a Partner in Locke Lord's Litigation Department and member of the Firm’s Aviation & Defense team, commented on a D.C. appeals court that recently struck down the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) requirement that hobbyist drone owners register their unmanned aircraft.
Byrnes said the opinion of the court suggests the FAA is precluded from regulating in any way the operations of drones used for recreational purposes. Byrnes also noted: “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 feet and in particular, on private property.”
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