Friday, February 7, 2014
Matthew South, President , AUVSI, Channel Islands Chapter
Kate Styers, Principal Analyst, Tecolote Research, Inc
John J. Walsh, Jr., Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director
at the National Center for Emergency Preparedness, Vanderbilt University.
Civilian usage for drones (technically, remotely piloted aircrafts or RPAs) is
growing at an exponential rate. Key users are newsgathering and media
production. Highly capable camera-equipped RPAs’ costs are falling dramatically
and their small size will allow single journalist operation. Using RPAs can save
the lives of journalists and film crews. This session is about the “issues” of using
UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) - the reality, the misconceptions, and the
- Tom Hallman, President, Pictorvision, Van Nuys, CA
- Emmanuel Prévinaire, President, Flying-Cam
Drones/RPAs used for newsgathering and media production are tools that
engage First Amendment protected activities. What are the legal arguments
facilitating their deployment and protecting their editorial and creative use? Are
there any countervailing interests? If so, how should the newsgathering/media
production interests prevail?
- Nabiha Syed, Attorney, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz;
Founder of Drone U and the Drone-List
- Donna Dulo, Senior Systems Engineer, U.S. Dept. of Defense;
Adjunct Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Stephen Morrison, Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota School of Law
- Caren Morrison, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University College of Law
- Mickey Osterreicher, General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association;
Of Counsel, Hiscock & Barclay
The ultimate goal is to enable the unrestricted use of drones in the national
airspace. The FAA is mandated under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of
2012 to have rules in place by 2015. But, journalists and media producers might
want to use “small drones.” Will there be proposed rules for sUAS (Small
Unmanned Aircraft System) by early in 2014? Will the industry be geared up for
that 90-day period for comment?
- Douglas Marshall, Division Manager, UAS Regulations & Standards Development,
Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University
- Timothy Ravich, President, Ravich Law Firm, P.A.
- Theodore J. Wierzbanowski, Chair, ASTM F38 UAS Standards Committee
(Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems)
- Paul McDuffee, Insitu, Inc. and Co-chair, Special Committee
SC-228, Minimum Operational Performance Standards for
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
How ready is the underwriting industry to write policies for drone operators?
What are the crucial issues facing the underwriting industry? What will
underwriters consider as a risk that presents as “good risk”? Will newsgatherers
and media production companies contemplate using drones without proper
- Gale A Townsley, Senior Counsel, Severson & Werson, Insurance Law Group
- Vikki Stone, Senior Vice President, Poms and Associates, Insurance Brokers, Inc.
Access to dedicated, interference – free and secure radio frequencies is a
fundamental issue for drones operations. The two key aspects are getting
payload (e.g., video) data from the drone back to base and the command and
control signals to be able to properly operate the aircraft. And, it’s a security
issue: the drone needs to be protected in the electro-magnetic frequency space
from phishing, scamming and being hijacked.
- Charles Naftalin, Partner, Holland & Knight
Operators (manufacturers, too) must be aware of product liability and safety
issues. Consumer lawsuits will undoubtedly impact negatively on operators.
What are the considerations regarding product liability and product safety? How
can operators mitigate the risk of product related injuries and related lawsuits?
Who is liable for what?
- Mark Dombroff, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge
- Stephen Nichols, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge
- Mike Rizzo, Partner, McKenna, Long & Aldridge
Using drones for newsgathering and media production is a game-changer. Media
lawyers will need to become conversant with aviation law(s) and regulations at all
levels – local/state/federal/regional and international. What should be taken into
account as regards cross-border use?
- Stephen Dedmon, Director, Aviation Law, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Shayna Gersher, Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
- Hillary B. Farber, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts School of Law
Audio Files (MP3)