Patrick Byrnes, a Partner based in the Chicago office and a member of Locke Lord’s Aviation & Defense group, was quoted in an article examining the slowing of recent efforts to push forward regulations that would permit widespread operation of commercial drones over crowds. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), law enforcement and national security concerns have delayed draft rules, with the FAA declining to estimate when the draft rules would finally be released.
Byrnes, referencing the FBI’s serious concerns over the FAA’s initial draft, noted: “You don’t hear much about that. They haven’t told that story.” Byrnes later noted that insight into the dynamics between the FBI’s objections with the FAA’s proposed rules “would be helpful” to assist industry leaders.
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