Drone Law Services

Need help navigating drone law? Tired of wasting time? Feeling frustrated because you can’t find reliable or experienced advice?

Rupprecht Law, P.A. is a boutique law firm that practices in the area of drone law. That’s it.

We do drone law all day every day.

Rupprecht Law currently advises to 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. I have helped over 100 clients obtain waiver approvals. My waiver passage rate for waivers overall is 90+%. 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. 

I have helped clients obtain over 50 COA approvals.

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 Drone Zone COA. I have helped clients obtain airspace COAs (including exercising their night waivers at the airport).

I currently charge a flat rate of $500 per COA per airport provided there is no waivers involved (except night waivers which I’m cool with).

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 44807 exemptions (formerly called Section 333 exemptions). While Part 107 replaced the need for many of exemption 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 (because Part 107 is only for under 55 pound aircraft).  Another reason is if you are planning on doing package delivery. These exemptions are not impossible to obtain.

As of 7/20/2019, I have helped clients obtain 50+ granted exemptions of which 10 clients obtained drone spraying exemptions.

Starting Drone Spraying Operations

One thing I’ve been focusing heavily on is assisting clients with starting their drone spraying operations.

I even managed to help a client obtain a night waiver that allowed drone spraying!

I charge a flat rate price of $3,000 which includes:

  • Drafting the exemption petition paperwork and filing it,
  • Providing you manual templates to help you create your training manual and operations manual,
  • 2 hours answering any of your drone and law related questions (I’m a licensed attorney so we discuss any skeletons in closets because of the attorney client privilege),
  • Assisting you in going through the local agricultural aircraft operating certification process with your local Flight Standards District Office.
  • Reviewing your approvals to make sure the FAA filled out everything correctly. (Yes, they do mess up paperwork and/or don’t provide you all the paperwork they should.)

My goal is to get you to an approved exemption, valid operating certificate, and your Chief Supervisor having an FAA endorsement to supervise agricultural aircraft operations.  I have helped 10 clients obtain their FAA exemptions to spray economic poisons. I have had ZERO denials. I have helped 6 clients obtain their agricultural aircraft operating certificates. (Civil operators need both the exemption and operating certificate to spray in the U.S. under the Federal Aviation Regulations.)

Helping Government Agencies Obtain a Public COA. 

The federal statutes that lay out what a public aircraft is 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.

Outside Counsel. 

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.

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.

Other (Business Advice, Writing Reports, Developing a Roadmap, etc.)

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.