March 01, 2018

Bring on the Drones: Legal and Regulatory Issues in Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Thaddeus R. Lightfoot

Commercial uses for drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) abound, particularly in the mining, oil and gas, and infrastructure industries. From handling dangerous inspections to collecting topographical data to monitoring stockpile inventories, UAS can be extraordinarily helpful. However, safety and privacy concerns have hindered widespread commercial UAS use, at least until now. New regulations appear to clear the way for American businesses to benefit from the many commercial uses for UAS.

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