American Robotics’ Approval From The Federal Aviation Administration


Hogan Lovells provided regulatory counsel and advice to American Robotics in obtaining the first ever approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate automated drones without human operators on-site.

Prior waivers and certifications awarded by the FAA required visual observers stationed along the flightpath or other restrictions such as infrastructure masking. American Robotics’ Scout System, which features advanced acoustic Detect-and-Avoid technology, along with a layered and redundant system of safety that includes proprietary technical and operations risk mitigations, proved that its drone-based aerial intelligence platform operates safely in the National Airspace System, even when it conducts flights Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS).

The Hogan Lovells regulatory team for American Robotics was led by Lisa Ellman (Picture) and included counsel Patrick Rizzi and senior associate Matthew Clark.

Involved fees earner: Matthew Clark – Hogan Lovells; Lisa Ellman – Hogan Lovells; Patrick Rizzi – Hogan Lovells;

Law Firms: Hogan Lovells;

Clients: American Robotics, Inc.;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti