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In the FAA Extension legislation, Congress implemented important safety provisions related to drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or “UAS”).  The language, which President Obama signed into law late last week, addresses UAS operations involving airports, critical infrastructure, and emergency response.

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This week’s news includes the continued rise of drone usage pretty much everywhere; a “drone freeze ray”; privacy issues around the shooting down of a drone; and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage around the globe.

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Last month, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) published draft guidelines (Guidelines) as a basis for regulating the civil use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly called drones. The proposed regulations state that “operations of civil unmanned aircraft in controlled airspace are restricted,” though this is India’s first step to permit the use of UAS in the national airspace.

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On April 19, the United States Senate passed bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize federal funding for the Federal Aviation Administration for the next two fiscal years. The Senate-passed bill, which will not take effect until the House and Senate negotiate a compromised legislation and the President signs the resulting legislation into law, includes a comprehensive regulatory regime for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

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This week’s news includes ocean-going drones; the continued debate over the usage of small drones; and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage around the globe.

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This week’s news includes the usual mix of people using drones to do good things; people using drones to do bad things; the continued attempt by legislators to catch up to the technology; and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage around the globe.

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This week’s news includes drones watching protests, hiking trails and storms; drone wings modeled on those of bats; Arizona’s progress on establishing drone rules; and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage around the globe.

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This week’s news includes using drones to find hikers, monitor migrants and prevent overfishing; protecting airports and animals from drones; continued testing by Amazon; and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage around the globe.

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Japan’s new UAS rules become effective today. Similar to those in many other countries, including the U.S., operators of UAS exceeding a weight threshold must operate during daytime and within visual line of sight (VLOS), maintain distance between persons and properties, not operate over densely populated or congested areas, and not transport hazardous materials or drop objects.  Operations in certain airspace (e.g., around airports and above certain altitudes) and above densely populated areas will also require permission from the Japanese authorities.

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This week’s news includes drone registration scams, a study on how jet engines ingest drones, using drones at construction sites, and numerous other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage.

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