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April 15, 2019 19 min

The first episode of the Pilot Protection Services podcast, hosted by Chad Mayer, starts off with a recap of some recent UAS regulatory updates, including the new requirement that went into effect on February 23rd to display the FAA registration number on the outside of a drone.

Then Ms. McConoughey will guide us through her recent article from SC Lawyer Magazine which explores possible legal issues in a hypothetical drone shoot down from the perspective of both the drone operator and landowner who pulled the trigger.


Chad Mayer – Staff Attorney, AOPA

Mr. Mayer is licensed to practice law in Florida and the District of Columbia and is also an instrument-rated commercial pilot, a Remote Pilot with sUAS rating, and an Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor, who will be serving as PPS Podcast moderator.

Rachel McConoughey – South Carolina Panel Attorney, AOPA

Ms. McConoughey is a Panel Attorney for AOPA’s Legal Services Plan who is licensed to practice law in both North and South Carolina. Her law firm focuses on drone law and real estate litigation.  She is also the chair of the South Carolina Bar Association’s Drone Task Force.

Kathleen “Kat” Swain – Senior Director, UAS Programs, AOPA

Ms. Swain is a commercial pilot, a Remote Pilot with sUAS rating, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) and Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI). Prior to joining AOPA in 2016, Ms. Swain was the Vice-President for a technology startup providing commercial drone services.


FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:

Follow Rachel on Twitter: @dronelaw_SC

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