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Japan: Current State of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Regulation

(Oct. 6, 2015) When a small drone was discovered on the roof of the Japanese Prime Minister’s office building in Tokyo on April 22, 2015, there was no effective regulation in place to prohibit the act of flying such a device. (UPDATE: Radiation Detected on Drone Found on Roof of Prime Minister’s Office, ASAHI SHIMBUN […]

New Zealand: New Rules on Drones Come into Effect

(July 31, 2015) On August 1, 2015, new and amended Civil Aviation Rules on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) came into effect in New Zealand. The rules, which were developed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) under the Civil Aviation Act 1990, were approved by the Associate Minister of Transport […]

Taiwan: Drone Regulations to Be Revised

(July 30, 2015) Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced on July 23, 2015, that a revision of Taiwan laws on the licensing and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and camera drones will be completed by mid-September. The new measures will establish a regulatory framework that, among other features, will provide for a coordinated response […]

United States: Negotiations on Preclearance Agreements to Start

(July 1, 2015) In May 2015, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will start negotiations with nine countries (Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) in order to attempt to reach agreements with their respective governments on preclearance operations that would take […]

Russia: Commercial and Private Drones to Be Outlawed in Moscow

(June 25, 2015) On June 10, 2015, the State Duma (legislature) of the Russian Federation passed at the first reading amendments to the country’s Air Code, which, upon their adoption, will establish regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). (Bill No. 752189-6 on Amending the Air Code of the Russian Federation […]

France: Germanwings Crash Being Investigated as Homicide

(Mar. 26, 2015) The March 25, 2015, crash of a Germanwings flight in the French Alps is being investigated as a potential involuntary homicide. (Crash de l’A320: Hollande, Merkel et Rajoy se recueillent sur les lieux du drame [A320 Crash: Hollande, Merkel and Rajoy Gather to Mourn on the Location of the Disaster], LE POINT […]

Italy: Measures to Reactivate the Economy, Promote Development, and Reduce Bureaucracy

(Nov. 19, 2014) The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of Public Works, Digitization of the Country, Reduction of Bureaucracy, the Mitigation of Hydrogeological Instability, and for the […]

Brazil: Air Force Authorized to Destroy Hostile Aircraft

(June 23, 2014) A Decree published on June 12, 2014, gives the commander of the Brazilian Air Force the power to authorize the destruction of any aircraft considered hostile in Brazilian airspace during Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup. (Aeronáutica Pode Destruir Aeronaves Consideradas Hostis, Durante a Copa, AGÊNCIA BRASIL (June 12, 2014).) Decree No. […]

European Union: Commission Proposes New Standards Regulating Use of Civil Drones

(Apr. 30, 2014) On April 4, 2014, the European Commission adopted a Communication entitled “A New Era for Aviation, Opening the Aviation Market to the Civil Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in a Safe and Sustainable Manner” (European Commission, COM (2014) 207 final, EUROPA (Apr. 8, 2014)). The Communication constitutes the Commission’s first step […]

European Union: Commission Gives Green Light to Proposed Merger Between Two U.S. Air Carriers

(Aug. 8, 2013) On August 5, 2013, the European Commission approved a proposed merger between US Airways Group and AMR Corporation, including AMR’s main subsidiary American Airlines, Inc. The proposed merger could potentially infringe European Union competition rules if it resulted in a monopoly on the London-Philadelphia route, for which US Airways and American Airlines […]