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FAA Rules Drones

The FAA is charged with the safety and regulation of civil aviation in the U.S.

As commercial uses for drones has grown, including those for agriculture, anticipation for new rules from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) governing the use of drones has also increased. This week the FAA released proposed rules that, once implemented, will allow businesses to use drones for commercial purposes.

FAA Administrator, Michael Huerta, said, “We have tried to be flexible in writing these rules. We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an undue regulatory burden on an emerging industry.”

Commercial uses are likely to include Real Estate photography and videography, inspection of powerlines and pipelines, rescue operations, wildlife monitoring, and farming.  Drones may serve many uses for agriculture Continue reading

The Iowa Legislature recently enacted the Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Act (IUPAA). The Act became effective law on July 1, 2014 and codified in the Iowa Code under Section 633B. The IUPAA greatly expands the state law governing the use of powers of attorney. A primary purpose for the enactment is to prevent abuse by individuals exercising authority under a power of attorney and to help ensure finances and estate plans are not misused or altered to benefit the recipient of a power of attorney. Continue reading