Operating UAVs in U.S. Airspace - the Legal Implications

Just the facts

The introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or "drones,” into the U.S National Airspace System for commercial use raises a number of complex legal and policy issues. Understanding what is currently permitted is made more challenging by almost-daily reports of new court decisions, proposed regulations, possible executive orders and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approvals granted for certain restricted uses. This webinar will clarify the current status of UAVs in the United States and raise important future issues.

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • The FAA's current policy directing the operation of UAVs for commercial purposes and the integration of UAVs within the National Airspace System
  • Privacy issues related to the commercial operation of UAVs
  • Proposed legislation that could impact commercial use of UAVs

More details

NOTE:  This is the first in a series relating to UAVs.  In the coming months look for additional webinars on the opportunities, threats and responsibilities of UAVs in Higher Education and on student learning experiences in courses employing UAVs.


  • Kevin Pomfret, Director, Center for Spatial Law and Policy
  • Joe Francica, Editor in Chief, Directions Magazine

Who should attend

C-level executives of geospatial and aerial surveying companies, manufacturers and operators of UAVs, lawyers representing UAV manufacturers and operators, anyone interested in UAV policy


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