Curated talks: The Past, Present, and Future Skies

A mix of expert talks about the history of rules governing the sky; current conflicts of law, and how drones will affect space and place.

Trespassers in the Sky: The Invention of Flight and the Ownership of Airspace

Stuart Banner, UCLA

A century ago, the invention of flight raised a new and difficult legal question: With virtually all land owned by someone, would an airplane be trespassing everywhere it went? My talk is about why this question was so hard and why it took so long for the legal system to arrive at an answer.

Federal Regulation of Robotic Aircraft

Timothy Takahashi, Arizona State

Professor Takahashi highlights the inconsistencies between the historical regulation of aircraft and the “drone” specific legislation found within the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. He also describes where additional federal regulation is required so that commercial and law enforcement use of robotic, drone aircraft, do not unnecessarily cause constitutional collisions in privacy, trespass and administrative law.

How Federal & State Laws Impact An Emerging Industry

Faye Jones, Florida State

After the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, state legislatures began to pass laws defining the use of drones. A lack of uniformity in state regulation may limit this emerging technology by preventing development of a national standard for interstate drone operations.

Flight from Flatland: The Case for Preserving Our 3D World in a Future Under Drones

Paul Voss, Smith

Summary:  Small unmanned aircraft appear to bring federally-regulated public airspace into our backyards and communities.  How does this expansion fit within historical context and what could it mean for privacy, property rights, local control, and the freedom to innovate?

Robots & Drones, Space & Place

Robert Heverly, Albany Law

Our conception of place is fluid and evolving, subject to developments in technology, society, culture, law, and more. This talk will look at how robots and drones will challenge our conception of place, and how law might react to these new developments by altering legal understandings and pronouncements directly tied to our notions of place.

The TV Drone: How UAS became BAU in UK TV

Ant Miller, BBC

2 years ago Ant Miller started on an experimental project to get a UAS into TV coverage of a major sporting event- at the end of October he’s bringing together 100 users and suppliers of UAS in Broadcast to talk best practice, regulation, training, law and R&D. How did a fringe tech get to be a key part of British TV production, and what can the rest of the world learn from the British experience?