Nixon Peabody secures FAA permission for commercial drone use for clients

June 15, 2015

Chief Communications Officer
Allison McClain

San Francisco, CA. Nixon Peabody’s deep experience in the aviation industry is reaping benefits for clients interested in using drone technology for their businesses.

Aviation attorney Cameron Cloar-Zavaleta recently secured Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) permission for two companies to begin commercial drone operations. Headquartered in Salinas, California, BioSensing Systems is a technology startup that uses drones to collect data for agricultural and farming companies. “Drones help us provide real-time, actionable information about crops, from detecting diseases and more accurately managing water irrigation and other ag inputs to improve quality, safety, and yield and to reduce costs,” said Vincent Pluvinage at BioSensing Systems. “Having approval from the FAA is essential to advancing our business. Cameron and Nixon Peabody were efficient and effective in helping us through the process.”

Nebraska-based Olsson Associates, an engineering and design firm, also engaged Nixon Peabody to secure FAA approval for aerial inspection of public and private infrastructure projects. “Drone technology allows us to collect data in a more cost-effective and efficient way while reducing impact on our environment,” said Jonathan Harris at Olsson Associates. “We’re excited to start using this new tool to achieve our business goals.”

Nixon Peabody’s aviation practice provides a wide range of services for companies, entrepreneurs and organizations seeking to take advantage of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Our capabilities include regulatory compliance and policy work, commercial operational authority under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, liability, risk management and privacy counseling, and intellectual property protection and counseling, along with startup legal services for new-stage companies in the unmanned aircraft systems industry.

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