No Fly Zone! So you got a drone, now what? Who makes the rules?

BY DEREK C. PERSHING
WILSON CRIBBS + GOREN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derek Pershing is a commercial real estate attorney with Wilson Cribbs + Goren and he holds a Private Pilot License and Remote Pilot Certificate. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) is the governing authority over all aspects of civil aviation in the United States. In 2016, the FAA estimated that there were roughly 1.1 million Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UAS”) (a/k/a “drones”) in the United States. The FAA also expects drone usage to triple to about 3.55 million by 2021. Since December 2015, the FAA has required
mandatory registration for all UAS which weigh more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds. However, a federal appeals court ruled in May that the FAA does not have the authority to regulate “model aircraft” and require mandatory registration. Still, more than 770,000 drones have been registered in the U.S.—more than double the number of manned aircrafts.

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Permitting Paralysis: Land Use Approvals In The Houston Area

BY OMAR IZFAR
ATTORNEY

Although Texas, and in particular, Houston, celebrates a reputation as an entrepreneur’s dreamland, we have a consistently increasing body of land use and development regulation.  Densification brings growing pains in the form of land use conflicts and, in many cases results in more regulation, both public and private. Development in metro Houston is regulated by more sophisticated land use controls than many realize. The persistent rumor that the City of Houston’s lack of formal zoning codes results in a lax regulatory environment inside the City and around the metro Houston area creates false expectations for developers.  Developers neglecting to do their homework experience problems in the form of delay, cost and unexpected limitations on their projects.

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Texas Central’s High Speed Rail – an Idea or a Reality?

BY ANNA DEMMLER

Texas Central Partners (Texas Central), a private company in Texas, hopes to start construction for a high-speed rail connecting Dallas to Houston in 2018, and hopes to have the rail running by 2023. REDNews talked to Drayton McLane Jr., a Houston business leader, and both an investor and Board Member for Texas Central.

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