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Norway: Government Publishes First Drone Strategy

(July 31, 2018) On April 3, 2018, the Norwegian government published its first drone strategy. (Press Release, Regjeringen [Government], Norges første dronestrategi er på plass [Norway’s First Drone Strategy Completed] (Apr. 3, 2018), Norwegian Government website.) The provisions focus on six different areas connected with drone operations: Aviation Regulation of Drone Activity and Flight Safety; […]

United Kingdom: Space Industry Bill Rocketing Through Parliament

(Jan. 2, 2018) The Space Industry Bill recently had its third reading in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords and the government is hoping that it will be enacted in early 2018. (Space Industry Bill 2017-19, HC Bill 137, PARLIAMENT.UK.) While the bill has been the subject of puns, jokes, and references to science fiction during […]

Sweden: Law to Allow Photo Drones Passed

(Aug. 28, 2017) On June 20, 2017, the Swedish Parliament passed legislation that will allow private individuals to operate drones with photo capabilities without a prior license/approval from state authorities. The new provisions take effect on August 1, 2017. (Kameraövervakningslagen och möjligheterna att använda drönare [Camera Surveillance Act and the Possibility of Using Drones], Justitieutskottets […]

Brazil: New Rules Prohibit the Use of Drones over Populated Areas

(May 10, 2017) On May 2, 2017, the National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, ANAC) approved the Brazilian Regulation of Special Civil Aviation, which regulates the civil operation of remotely piloted aircraft, drones.  (Regulamento Brasileiro da Aviação Civil Especial, RBAC-E No. 94 (May 2, 2017), ANAC website.) According to the Regulation, drones […]

Germany: New Rules for Operation of Drones and Model Aircraft

(Apr. 24, 2017) On April 7, 2017, an amendment to the Air Traffic Licensing Regulation and the Air Traffic Regulation entered into force in Germany.  The amendment introduced mores stringent rules for the operation of commercial drones.  In addition, the new rules will also be applicable to the operation of model aircraft.  (Verordnung zur Regelung […]

Great Britain: Technology Bill Introduced to Regulate Driverless Cars, Increase Penalties for Misuse of Lasers

(Mar. 21, 2017) The Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill 2017 was recently introduced in the British Parliament. The aim of the bill is to modernize transportation policies and laws in the United Kingdom.  The bill addresses the misuse of lasers, the liability of insurers of automated vehicles, the infrastructure to support electric vehicles, and air […]

Latvia: New Regulations on Drone Operation

(Jan. 26, 2017) The Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia adopted regulations on the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles on November 22, 2016. (Decision No. 737 of Nov. 22, 2016, LATVIJAS VĒSTNESIS [LATVIAN OFFICIAL GAZETTE], No. 231 (Nov. 28, 2016) (in Latvian).)  The new regulations require the drones to have special markings that include the full […]

United Kingdom: Consultation on Additional Drone Regulations Proposed

(Jan. 18, 2017) The Government of the United Kingdom recently issued a consultation document that contains additional proposals for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones.  Drone technology is of growing economic importance; it is estimated it will be worth £102 billion (about US$126 billion) by 2025.  The government wishes Britain to become “the global go-to place for […]

Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Defines Prohibited Camera Surveillance

(Nov. 23, 2016) In two decisions issued on October 21, 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court defined the boundaries of prohibited camera surveillance. The Court found that mounting a  camera for use on a drone requires prior permission from the Länsstyrelsen (County Administrative Board) in accordance with the Camera Surveillance Act, whereas mounting a camera […]

UAE: Possible New Regulations for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

(Oct. 19, 2016) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reportedly working on enacting new laws to more tightly regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.  Mohammed Faisal al-Dossari of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has been quoted as saying “[t]he Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (Esma) is working on laws that will […]