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Avigation: Federalism in the Age of Complex Operations

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

As the United States expands drone operations, the issue of avigation (aviation + navigation) rights in low-level airspace has popped up. This article discusses who owns the sky.

Topics: avigation, United States v. Causby, air rights, 5th Amendment, takings clause, Griggs v. Allegheny County, air easements, U.S. Supreme Court, Professor Troy R. Rule, 10th Amendment, police powers, Supremacy Clause, toll roads in the sky, state law, national airspace system, navigable airspace, Drone Integration and Zoning Act of 2021, Uniform Law Commission, ULC, Brent Skoroup, Diana Cooper, drone delivery

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