Antonelli Law provides services relating to the airspace, business, and data aspects of unmanned aircraft systems (drones). One of the first drone law practices in the country, DJI selected us for their Professional User Referral Program and many of our clients are leaders in their respective industries.
Part 107 Waivers & Airspace Authorizations
The FAA released its new Part 107 commercial drone regulation in August 2016. Many companies are interested in obtaining BVLOS and nighttime operation waivers which are expressly available under Part 107. Antonelli Law has the experience and expertise to help companies develop the safety plans to satisfy the FAA's regulatory demands for a Section 107.200/107.205 Certificate of Waiver.
What is the Cost of a Nighttime 107 waiver?
Our legal fee is from $500 to 1,500
What is the Cost of a BLOS 107 Waiver?
The legal fee varies depending on your proposed operations. A ballpark estimate including:
Visit our Part 107 Waivers page by clicking here.
We are also assisting public agencies gain FAA approval for flight operations, which may be had either through the public COA process or through Part 107.
Business, Data, TOS and Privacy
In addition, we provide advice and business documents including service agreements, terms of service, and privacy policies for drone companies; trademark registrations, NDAs, and litigation services.
FAA Enforcement Defense
Finally, we provide FAA enforcement defense. If you receive a letter or telephone call from the FAA regarding your aviation activities call us before you contact the FAA.
We have provided high quality UAS legal services since 2014 and are leaders in the field. Our background in aviation, technology, and litigation provides value to clients - whether they are multi-national corporations or UAS start-ups.
Export Controls, ITAR, EAR
If your company employs or does business with foreign nationals, or deals with international commerce, you must make your self and your company aware of the urgent need to be in compliance with US export controls. You may need to deal with
These are "strict liability" criminal offenses that do not recognize good intentions as an excuse for export control violations. In fact, you may be held criminally liable for the actions of those you do business with. This is a complex area with certain areas falling within the purview of the Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury. See for example these background materials on export controls from the Department of State (link).
We can help you with your US export control compliance needs.
Please contact us at 312-201-8310 or email firm Principal Jeffrey Antonelli at Jeffrey@Antonelli-Law.com
For an overview of drone law listen to this April 2016 interview of the firm's Principal Jeffrey Antonelli by sUASNews.
Do I Need to Be A Licensed Pilot?
Under Part 107, a new Remote Pilot Certificate is required which does not require flight school. Instead, a written aeronautical test must be taken. Traditional Part 61 airmen may take an online course provided by the FAA. Under Section 333, the person operating the drone must be a traditional Part 61 airman.
How Can We Comply With Part 107? Where Do We Take the Remote Pilot Aeronautical Test?
Here are important documents related to the new Part 107 for small drones:
The FAA has confirmed that the Knowledge
Testing Centers will be ready for applicants to take the required remote
pilot initial aeronautical knowledge test on the date part 107 becomes effective in late August
What conditions of Part 107 can we obtain a Certificate of Waiver for?
Section 107.205 lists the regulations under Part 107 that are subject to waiver through Section 107.200:
107.29 – Daylight operation.
107.31 – Visual line of sight aircraft operation. However, no waiver of this provision will be issued to allow the carriage of property of another by aircraft for compensation or hire.
107.33 – Visual observer.
107.35 – Operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems.
107.37(a) – Yielding the right of way.
107.39 – Operation over people.
107.41 - Operation in certain airspace.
107.51 – Operating limitations for small unmanned aircraft
For a free initial consultation about petitioning the FAA for Certificate of Waivers under Part 107, Section 333, or other questions use our simple contact form or contact Jeffrey Antonelli at Jeffrey@Antonelli-Law.com or call us at (312) 201-8310.
Our passion for leading and learning about UAS is second to none.
What other UAS services does the group offer?
We offer a wide variety of services and expertise to help clients grow their UAS businesses. Our professionals can provide advice and representation on federal regulatory matters, state and local regulatory issues, and commercial projects. In addition, we have experience with consumer privacy and data security matters.
What federal regulatory issues exist once a business has a Part 107 remote pilot certificate, or a Section 333 exemption?
The need for regulatory assistance doesn’t stop once a client has a Part 107 remote pilot certificate or a Section 333 exemption. We help with business issues, FAA enforcement defense, and Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COAs) to enable unique and profitable UAS operations.
How can state and local regulation affect UAS businesses?
The FAA’s failure to enact federal drone regulations in a timely manner has left a legal void that numerous state and local governments are rushing to fill. Unfortunately, drafters of these state and local regulations are frequently driven by fear and dread of drones, so too often the result is harmful (and often unconstitutional or illegal) restrictions on beneficial uses of drones. You can see a list of state and local drone laws here and the FAA’s position on these laws here.
Every UAS services business needs to be aware of the existing and pending regulations in the states and localities in which it is operating or considering operations. We provide clients with analyses of the effect of existing and proposed laws and, if necessary, representation in challenging laws on constitutional or federal preemption grounds.
What types of commercial projects does the group support?
The group has wide experience in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements for clients in the UAS and related industries, including telecommunications and mobile application development. Among recent commercial projects we’ve worked on are:
- purchase agreements for existing UAS services businesses (USB)
- independent contractor agreements between USBs and (i) pilots, (ii) visual observers and (iii) data analysis engineers
- template USB/customer agreements
- joint venture agreements for UAS manufacturers and USBs
Who Has Hired Antonelli Law for UAS?
Above It All Aerial Solutions LLC
Aerial Inspection Resources
Aerial Inventory LLC
Angle of Attack
Arrow Aerial Precision LLC
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Digital Magic Productions
Hover Effect LLC
Indiana Aerial Solutions
Kovar & Associates
LA Drones LLC
Leading Edge Technologies
Major Telecommunications Company*
Nixon Engineering Solutions
North Georgia Drones
NWB Environmental Services
Sky Eye Solutions
Snowy Owl Productions LLC
Tough Stump Technologies LLC
UA TacSolutions LLC
Volo Pervidi LLC
Vortex UAS LLC
*Partial Client List Due to Confidentiality
National Client Roster - Map
Section 333 FAQs
Do I Need A Section 333 Grant of Exemption?
If you want to operate commercially as a service, the short answer is yes. For other uses like R&D, research, or law enforcement see this page from the FAA and click on the appropriate category.
Antonelli Law Drone/UAS Practice Group
The Drone/UAS Practice Group at Antonelli Law is a group of attorneys with deep knowledge of law, technology, privacy, and aviation. Our federal practice relating to the rapidly developing commercial "drone"/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry allows us to serve clients nationwide. In addition, our attorneys are licensed in numerous states from California to New York and in between.
"Whether we call them UASs, UAVs, or drones, these aircraft are an exciting new development in the aviation industry. But they also raise some serious safety and privacy concerns – that we need to address before the FAA licenses these vehicles for broad use in our national airspace."
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