Rupprecht Law, P.A. is a boutique law firm that practices in the area of aviation law with a focus on drones. Rupprecht Law currently advises a wide variety of companies interested in using drone technology, from small start-ups to companies that generate revenue in the billions of dollars per year.
Aviation Law Services:
Applying for a Part 107 Waiver (Night, Beyond Line of Sight, Etc.).
Are you interested in a Part 107 waiver? I can help with some of them. As of 12/10/18, I have helped obtain 96 night waivers for clients. My waiver passage rate for waivers overall is 91.3%. For more info on waivers, please see my in-depth FAQ post on waivers and authorizations.
Applying for a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to Fly Near an Airport.
Commercial drone operators sometimes need help operating in Class B, C, D, or E at the surface associated with an airport airspace. The LAANC system is beneficial for many operations but not all such as when you need to operate really close to the airport (one of those zero areas on the airport facility maps) or when you want to use a waiver or exemption in the airspace (e.g. flying at night in controlled airspace). For situations like those, you might want a COA. I have helped clients obtain airspace COAs (including exercising their night waivers at the airport).
Petitioning for an Exemption (Flying Aircraft 55-Pounds & Heavier, Part 137 Drone Spraying Operations, etc.)
In July 2016, the FESSA changed what is allowed under the Section 333 exemptions. While Part 107 replaced the need for many of the 333 operations, there are very good reasons to have an exemption. The two most popular types of operations using an exemption are drone spraying operations (crop dusting, pesticide spraying, pollinating, etc.) and operations involving aircraft that are 55-pounds or heavier. Another reason is if you are planning on doing package delivery. These exemptions are not impossible to obtain. As of 12/10/2018, I have helped 5 clients obtain drone spraying exemptions. The FAA has granted exemptions for aircraft over 55-pounds including one for beyond visual line of sight flying.
Helping Government Agencies Obtain a Public COA.
The federal statutes that lay out what a public aircraft is and the permissible public aircraft operations can be confusing. But before you decide to obtain a public COA, it’s important to understand what is the best tool to help accomplish your mission. A public COA is one of multiple legal approvals that government entities can use. See my large article comparing the different methods. Rupprecht Law, P.A. can assist a government entity in understanding the best route to accomplish their goals which might include obtaining a public COA. This can include drafting and seeking approval of a public aircraft operator declaration letter, and filing the COA application through the portal.
Are your attorneys wasting too much time trying to figure out how to navigate the Federal Aviation Regulations? Rupprecht Law, P.A. can help assist your general counsel to get through difficult problems because the firm specifically focuses on aviation and drone law. Your legal counsel can get accurate answers to the many details and complexities of this area.
Federal Aviation Regulation and FAA Guidance Compliance.
Do you have general questions about whether you can do a certain type of operation? Stop wasting time looking through articles online or searching the Facebook groups. You can hire me for as small as 30 minutes at a time to answer your questions. 30 minutes costs $200 and you can ask as many drone law questions in that period of time as you want!
Setting-Up Drone Enterprise Operations Inside a Company.
Developing the manuals to scale out a nationwide program is an important task. Rupprecht Law, P.A. is currently working with companies now on concepts of operations, putting those concepts in a manual, and then integrating those manuals into employee flight instruction operations.
Defense in FAA Enforcement Actions.
Sometimes the FAA chooses to start an investigation against unauthorized commercial drone operations or there is a violation of the regulations or exemption restrictions. As of 12/10/2018, I’ve assisted 13 clients who were investigated by the FAA.
Assisting a Criminal Defense Attorney in a State Law Related Drone Prosecution.
The states, towns, and counties are all starting to create drone laws which causes all sorts of problems. Many of the arrests that are done under state law have to do with apparent violations of the federal aviation regulations. I can assist your local criminal defense attorney in preparing the best defense for you by helping him to understand what is and what is not the federal aviation law. I have assisted individuals who have been arrested. I worked defense on one criminal case which resulted in us obtaining non-guilty on all counts at trial for the client.
The firm gets all sorts of “odd-ball” types of questions relating to drones and law. If you have a legal question regarding drones, contact me.