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James Mackler Discusses New Drone Law Enforcement Guidelines with UAS Magazine

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released new guidelines to law enforcement agencies regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. UAS Magazine interviewed Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler about these new rules, which he says are off target.

The FAA is requesting assistance from the law enforcement community to crack down on the increased, unauthorized use of drones by those who do not understand rules of the air and those who endanger airspace.

“Law enforcement is busy enough investigating crimes, and police should know that they have no authority of any kind to investigate civil violations of administrative regulations,” he told the magazine.”

Read the full interview here.

In another story with UAS Magazine, he explained that law enforcement officials have every right to investigate possible law violations within their jurisdictions—regardless of whether a UAS is involved—but they have no jurisdiction when it comes to enforcing the FAA’s UAS regulations.

“To me, this is another example of the FAA really struggling to keep up with facts on the ground instead of getting ahead of things and creating the appropriate regulations,” he said.

Read that article here.

James concentrates his practice in the areas of federal criminal defense, regulatory compliance and civil litigation. He is also the founder of the firm’s UAS focus, the first of its kind in the region.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

James Mackler Talks Drones, NTSB Ruling with the Media

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler talked with UAS Magazine last week about the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) ruling on the Raphael Pirker case. Pirker flew an unmanned aerial system (UAS), more commonly known as a “drone,” over the University of Virginia campus in 2011, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required him to pay a $10,000 civil penalty for operating the aircraft in a careless or reckless manner. A law judge with the NTSB dismissed that order, citing the FAA had not enacted an enforceable regulation for the aircraft.

“. . .I don’t think it makes very much practical difference in terms of the way the industry and the law are progressing,” James said in the article. “Congress has already told the FAA that they have to come up with regulations governing the commercial use of UAS. Congress has essentially preempted this issue, making it clear that they do expect unmanned systems to be treated as aircraft and operated in a safe manner.”

Earlier that day, James commented in a separate article for the magazine about dispelling a UAS myth. He explained that the Pirker case is more about when the flight occurred and that it had little to do with the current state of UAS regulations.

James served as a panelist in Mind2Marketplace’s event on UAS last week, held at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport. “I think it’s going to be another 10-20 years before we see larger UAV’s integrated into airspace. The FAA needs to move a little bit faster in order for it to be allowed to be used in a commercial manner,” he told a reporter from Fox17.

James is the founder of Bonelaw’s UAS focus, the first of its kind in the region. He also leads the firm’s veteran and military law efforts.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.