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Understanding State and Federal Drone Laws

A boutique litigation firm, Long & Robinson, LLC, provides proven guidance and representation for commercial clients on both state and federal drone use and laws. As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues in its effort to keep pace with the proliferation of recreational and commercial drones, let our experienced attorney, and FAA-certified commercial drone pilot, Tim Laughlin, help you navigate this growing area of the law. We provide accessible, flexible and friendly counsel on matters that affect, among other areas, construction and development. Need some questions answered? Call 816-708-2218 to speak with Tim in our Kansas City office.

Why Use A Drone Law Attorney?

There are plenty of avenues for information regarding drone laws. The truth is that almost every drone operated in the U.S. must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Similarly, most drone operators, recreational and/or commercial, must pass varying degrees of certification tests to fly a drone legally. Drones are bound by both federal, state, and local laws that are changing every day. Information that is on social media and public viewing video sites may be incomplete or inaccurate when it comes to operating a drone in the U.S. airspace.

There is a vast difference in the certification process between recreational and commercial drone pilots. How do you tell if you are flying a drone for recreational or commercial purposes? If you are using a drone for commercial purposes you will need to ensure you have the right to do so. There are various potential legal issues you need to be aware of to insulate your company from potential liability. For example, you run the risk of not being properly certified by the FAA, being sued for invasion of privacy or nuisance, for filming something that is the intellectual property of someone else, or for flying in an area that has a temporary flight restriction. In addition, if you are a public entity using a drone, you must also consider legal issues involving Fourth Amendment violations. If the drone damages property or allegedly contributes to someone’s injury, your company may also be vulnerable to a lawsuit.

How We Can Help

First off, we will need to understand your intended use of the drone. We will then discuss with you your rights and options when it comes to drone use. We can provide guidance on obtaining a drone pilot license or can put together a standard operating procedure for you to implement before, during, and after each flight. We will ensure that you are in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and will work to obtain any necessary exemptions or waivers needed for your specific use. We can advise on insurance coverage issues regarding drone use as well. Speak with our team regarding drone use in the following industries:

  • Construction and Development
  • Aerial Mapping
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Utility Inspection
  • Public Use (Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Disaster Relief, Search and Rescue)
  • City Ordinances
  • Videography and Photography
  • Evidence Capturing

While this is not an exhaustive list, we offer legal counsel and representation on drone use to developers, construction companies, and municipalities.

Understand Your Drone Rights And Risks

A consultation is often the best way to assess what your legal needs are. Call our Kansas City, Missouri, team to arrange a time to meet: 816-708-2218. You can also initiate contact via our website contact form. We have lawyers who are licensed in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado.