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Anna Gomez Comments on Newly Proposed FAA Rules for Drones

Law360
January 17, 2019

Anna M. Gomez, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice and partner in the firm’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice, was quoted by Law360 in a January 16 article on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) newly proposed rules allowing drones to fly over people and at night without special waivers. While these rules represent the federal government’s efforts to move forward in establishing UAS safety and security regulations, officials say that the FAA should first consider finalizing rules for tracking and identifying drones, according to Law360.

Ms. Gomez said that the drones flight proposal is a step in the right direction, but the FAA’s rule proposal for identifying drones remotely is “paramount to enabling additional commercial UAS operations.”

“The FAA should also be commended for proposing technologically neutral rules,” said Ms. Gomez. “The FAA wisely acknowledged that innovation moves at a faster pace than regulation and chose to base its rules on desired safety outcomes rather than on particular equipment or technology solutions.”

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