Antonelli Law UAS Client Tourfactory.com Receives FAA Approval

Antonelli Law UAS client Tourfactory.com received approval from the FAA on June 30th to operate the DJI Phantom 1, Phantom 2, and Phantom 2 Vision Plus for real estate aerial photography nationwide. The FAA approved this petition in a little over 60 days, further keeping up its trend of efficient approval times.

A copy of the FAA Grant of Exemption under Section 333 can be viewed here: Home Debut Inc dba TourFactory- 11945

Tourfactory.com may be reached at 888-458-3943.

If your company would like assistance filing its own Section 333 petition to fly UAS commercially, contact firm principal Jeffrey Antonelli at 312-201-8310 or fill out the contact form below and we will contact you.

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Antonelli Law UAS Client Kovar & Associates Receives FAA Approval

Antonelli Law UAS client Kovar & Associates received approval from the FAA on June 26th to operate the DJI Phantom 2
Vision+, Event38 E384, and PrecisionHawk Lancaster for aerial data collection. The FAA approved this petition in about 60 days, keeping up a recent trend of impressively efficient approval times.

The approved intended uses are precision farming and other agriculture applications; asset management for utilities,
government agencies, and private firms; construction and land management; disaster response and search and rescue; and conducting research flights to collect data and establish and refine
forensic processes, procedures, and tools for investigation of accidents and crimes.

A copy of the FAA Grant of Exemption under Section 333 can be viewed here: Kovar & Associates LLC – 11905

Kovar & Associates can be reached via their website at http://www.kovarllc.com/contact-3/

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The Launch of Drone Democracy By Antonelli Law

The Launch of Drone Democracy by Antonelli Law

Over the past 12 months or so, Antonelli Law has developed a practice helping companies and individuals fly drones (unmanned aircraft systems) legally and commercially through petitioning the FAA for Grants of Exemption under Section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. We have helped clients obtain FAA approval in GIS, Oil & Gas, Electrical Powerline Infrastructure, Precision Agriculture, and Real Estate.

This blog post explains how I came to believe an effort needed to be made to serve people wanting to use drones for uses like residential real estate, but at a lower legal cost. But could it be done, since these petitions really are quite a lot of work?  I began working on investigating an answer to that question several months ago, and the result of that effort is the new $2,500 Section 333 legal service by Antonelli Law called Drone Democracy for simple uses with certain drones already approved by the FAA like residential real estate and the DJI Phantom 3.

What I have noticed this past year speaking with literally hundreds of prospective drone clients, is that there are typically two things that dash the hopes of would-be Section 333 petitioners from going forward (barriers to entry):

1) The pilot license requirement, and

2) The legal fees associated with drafting the Section 333 petition.

These impediments disturbed me for two reasons.

First, it was my impression that the vast majority of beneficial drone uses and operators would not be able to fly commercially and legally now, and after the Great Recession a lot of good people needed better jobs that drones can help provide.

Secondly, the legal and financial barriers to entry could produce circumstances like we had in America with Prohibition, where many people continued to consume alcohol anyway, and safeguards to prevent unsafe alcohol production were not present. This did not feel like democracy in action.

In nearly all the Section 333 petitions we file, we explain why in our opinion the FAA does in fact have the authority to waive the pilots license requirement. However, neither for us nor for others like the Small UAV Coalition who argue likewise, the FAA is not budging. It will either take an Act of Congress to waive this pilot license requirement, or waiting until the actual implementation of the new Drone Operator Airman Certificate a year from now if the proposed sUAS Rule becomes finalized as proposed last February. There is little we can do right now about the pilot license requirement for small drone use.

But what about the second impediment – high legal fees?  I have noticed the market for Section 333 services falls basically into two camps:

a) Relatively straightforward, simple uses such as residential real estate and nature photography, and

b) More sophisticated uses like Cinematography, Gas/Oil/Electrical Infrastructure, GIS, and Precision Agriculture.

During the sUASB Expo in San Francisco when Jim Williams was still head of the UAS Integration Office of the FAA, after he spoke I asked whether the new summary grant process would now allows us to abbreviate our Section 333 petitions and thus allow us to charge less money for them. The response was that the guidelines for preparing Section 333 petitions has not changed, and it is still federal rule-making. I felt deflated, as this meant that we could not charge less for our Section 333 petitions since we would continue to be required to put in the same amount of work as before the summary grant process. Instead, under the new procedure, clients will not have to wait to be published in the Federal Register.

But I remained determined. Without giving away the “secret sauce” of our practice, I can say that we continually create means to track new FAA exemptions and changes in the way the FAA processes Section 333 petitions. This is beginning to give us some efficiencies in the way we produce, and continually modify, our Section 333 petitions for clients.

Yet, sophisticated operations like Cinematography, Gas/Oil/Electrical Infrastructure, GIS, and Precision Agriculture have unique challenges that continue to present bespoke analyses. Our normal Section 333 fees of $6,000 to $7,500 or so remain vastly below those charged by many other law firms, yet we continue to be unmatched for the quality of our work and the timeline for producing the petitions. Moreover, the approval time for recent sophisticated use petitions have been around 60 days from the FAA. I think Antonelli Law is hitting it out of the park for these sophisticated users.

But I believe we should try to serve the needs of even simple intended uses like residential real estate for individual real estate agents and brokers. That’s why I started working on the project that now is  called Drone Democracy. DroneDemocracy.com went live at the end of last week, and frankly I am not sure if we will be able to offer these $2,500 Section 333 petition services – even for these simple residential real estate uses – for long. But as the philosopher John Dewey believed, democracy is experimental. It is to challenge the social order, and thus too, is Drone Democracy an experiment –  to challenge the establishment, in a way.  We’ll see how long it can work. Maybe it will be replaced by something even better. We’ll keep working hard to produce excellent legal work at prices that are justified and help make the business case for using drones for many companies and individuals.

Jeffrey Antonelli

Note:  None of the information in this website is legal advice.
Please consult an attorney if you have legal questions. This website is attorney advertising.

Antonelli Law UAS Client Leading Edge Technologies Receives FAA Approval

Antonelli Law UAS client Leading Edge Technologies received approval from the FAA on June 11th to operate the SenseFly eBee drone (UAS) for aerial data collection. The FAA approved this petition in LESS than 60 days!

A copy of the FAA Grant of Exemption under Section 333 can be viewed here: Leading Edge Technologies, LLC – 11797

If your company would like assistance filing its own Section 333 petition to fly UAS commercially, contact firm principal Jeffrey Antonelli at 312-201-8310 or fill out the contact form below and we will contact you.

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Antonelli Law UAS client Volo Pervidi receives FAA approval for Geospatial Analysis

Antonelli Law UAS client Volo Pervidi  received approval from the FAA on June 5th to operate drones (UAS) for geospatial analysis. The FAA approved this petition in just over 60 days!

A copy of the FAA Grant of Exemption under Section 333 can be viewed here: Volo Pervidi LLC

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Antonelli Law UAS Client Aerial Inspection Resources Receives Section 333 Approval

Antonelli Law UAS client Aerial Inspection Resources (A.I.R.) received approval from the FAA on May 5th to operate drones (UAS) to closely inspect elevated electrical components without climbing structures and risking serious injury.

A.I.R. ‘s unique Unmanned Aerial Systems ( “UAS” ) perform close-up evaluations and document hazardous hard-to-reach industrial systems.

A copy of the FAA Grant of Exemption under Section 333 can be viewed here: Aerial_Inspection_Resources_LLC_11467

Aerial Inspection Resources may be contacted by calling (503) 512-5156.

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Another Antonelli Law UAS Client Receives FAA Approval

Another Antonelli Law Section 333 client received approval from the FAA today to fly UAS commercially.  Hawaiian aerial photography provider Owlcam LLC  has been granted approval to provide real estate videography and photography.

A copy of the FAA Grant of Exemption under Section 333 can be viewed here: Owlcam, LLC – 11396

Owlcam LLC may be contacted by calling (808) 652-9890 or via email at currstix@mac.com

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Antonelli Law to Exhibit at AUVSI May 5-7

Antonelli Law’s Drone/UAS Practice Group is again exhibiting at AUVSI’s annual conference, Unmanned Systems 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia May 5-7, 2015. Our booth is 1434, just steps from the central Innovation Hub.

Stop by our booth to speak directly with the attorneys involved in our Section 333 work, including the recent FAA approval for our client Nixon Engineering. Our attorneys are personable as well as highly qualified in federal rulemaking, intellectual property, insurance and other helpful areas for UAS.  For example, those dealing with data privacy should get to know attorney Mark Del Bianco, who advises on data security obligations as well as regulatory and legislative policy.

In the meantime, attorneys Jeffrey Antonelli and Mark Del Bianco will be at the sUAS Expo in San Francisco April 29, 30, and May 1st. We look forward to meeting you.

If you would like to drop us a note in advance of meeting us at AUVSI or the sUAS Expo, feel free to use the contact form below or call us at 312-201-8310.

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Antonelli Law Client Receives Section 333 Approval

Antonelli Law Drone/UAS Practice Group is proud to announce its client Nixon Engineering Solutions has been granted approval for commercial UAV flights pursuant to Section 333 of the 2012 FAA Authorization and Modernization Act in the mining and oil & gas industries.

A copy of the FAA Grant of Exemption under Section 333 can be viewed here:Nixon Engineering Solutions LLC – 11252(1)

Nixon Engineering may be contacted by calling  (318) 747-9669 or via email at knixon@nixoneng.com

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Two New Section 333 Petitions Filed by Antonelli Law

Two more Section 333 petitions for exemption were filed by the Antonelli Law Drone/UAS Practice Group on March 30, 2015, bringing the total filed to six, with others pending:

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