Boyd & Jenerette Partner Ed Booth Interviewed on Drones and Aviation Law

May 16, 2019 by on News

Ed Booth is quoted in an article titled “How Drones are Changing Aviation Law,” published by the Jacksonville Daily Record on April 15, 2019.

“There is little the FAA can do if someone fails to register a drone or fails to follow the rules,” said Mr. Booth. “Using a drone as a hobby and causing property damage or injury likely could be covered by homeowners liability insurance,” he added. “You are responsible for what your drone does just as you are responsible for what your dog does.”

Drones, also known as “unmanned aircraft systems” or UAS, are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Most drones used for recreational, commercial, governmental or other purposes must be registered with the FAA. The cost is $5.00 for a three-year period. More than 2 million drones are expected to be registered by the end of 2019.

FAA drone safety tips including flying a drone at or below 400 feet and within the operator’s line of site. Restricted airspace for drones includes near other aircraft, airports, emergencies, and large public gatherings such as sporting or other public events.

Regulators are struggling to keep pace with technology changes in drone features and usage. Mr. Booth is available to assist drone owners who may face legal issues relating to their drone ownership.

Click on the link to read the full article, How Drones are Changing Aviation Law.”

Edward M. Booth, Jr.
Partner / Practice Group Leader
Direct: 904.493.3790

About Ed Booth:

Partner and Florida aviation law expert Ed Booth handles complex civil litigation matters involving aviation, products liability, trucking and transportation, construction, premises liability, and asbestos. He was the first attorney in Florida to be Board Certified in Aviation Law by The Florida Bar, a designation he has held since 1996. He currently serves as a member of The Florida Bar’s Aviation Law Committee.

Ed is an experienced pilot and aircraft owner with firsthand knowledge of aircraft operations, issues and regulations. He holds a multi-engine Air Transport License and has more than 3,600 hours of flight experience.


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