Hogan Lovells assists Drone Racing League to win first-ever FAA approval

Hogan Lovells assists Drone Racing League to win first-ever FAA approval

Press releases | 08 December 2021

Washington, D.C., 8 December 2021 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells advised the Drone Racing League (DRL), the world’s premier, professional drone racing property, in its accreditation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to become first uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) event organizer.

In addition to advising on the accreditation, Hogan Lovells also represented DRL in its announced participation in the FAA’s Partnership for Safety Plan (PSP) Program. The PSP Program was created to establish a standardized set of safety protocols for individuals and organizations seeking to conduct UAS demonstrations, air shows, exhibitions and events in front of live audiences. DRL will support the FAA in evaluating safety procedures and technology, developing and implementing official U.S. drone event safety guidelines, and educating the drone community on drone safety.

“We’re honored the FAA has accredited DRL as the first UAS event organization,” said DRL COO Ashley Ellefson, “and we’re excited to participate in the FAA’s PSP program to ensure safety is the priority at all UAS events.”

With Hogan Lovells’ assistance, the DRL has a strong history of working closely with federal government stakeholders, including the FAA and the FCC, to obtain necessary approvals for air racing events. 

The Hogan Lovells team was led by partner Lisa Ellman, head of the firm’s UAS practice, with support from partner Ari Fitzgerald, head of the firm’s Communications, Internet, and Telecommunications practice, and senior associates Matthew Clark and John Castle.