Aviation, Airspace, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Autonomous Vehicles
Kaempfer Crowell’s Aviation Department has over 20 years experience in aviation law and emerging technologies, and in the last several years in the emerging field of autonomous vehicles and unmanned aircraft, commonly referred to as drones. Two of the firm partners are pilots with extensive flight experience. The firm has represented numerous airports, airport users, aviation and aerospace component manufacturers, commercial aviation ventures, development and design firms, and the state’s premier test facilities. The firm advises clients on issues arising from the tension between private airspace ownership/privacy and the emerging technology. The firm has extensive government law experience both representing government entities and private enterprise. Over the last 15 years, the firm has presented seminars to aviation industry members and consultants on a variety of aviation topics ranging from alternative fuels, emerging aircraft design, ADSB, airport land use, aviation leasing and contracts, and bird mitigation, just to name a few. Members of the firm assist clients with the adaptation of regulatory evolution to forward looking business solutions. The firm presented a seminar on March 26, 2014, at the Nevada Airports Association Annual Conference on Alternative Revenue Sources for Airports, including new opportunities with unmanned aircraft systems (drones). Steven E. Tackes chairs the division.
The firm has advised on a range for railroad-related issues, including development hearings before the Nevada Public Utilities Commission regarding the creation and removal of grade crossings; land rights connected with historical land grants to railroads; operations and federal employee benefits for short-line railroads; development of transloading facilities for railroad shipping; and governmental funding for railroad-related projects.