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Thompson Coburn’s UAS practice launches Three Lawyers and a Drone podcast

July 8, 2019

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Sean McGowan, Tyler Black, Mike Deutsch

Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce the launch of its latest podcast, Three Lawyers and a Drone, hosted by members of our Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice. The podcast explores the legal and business challenges posed by integrating unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System, and how the expanding use of UAS is affecting the general public, private industry and government regulators. 

With over 30 collective years of experience in the transportation regulatory industry, partner Sean McGowan and associates Tyler Black and Mike Deutsch offer insights on a variety of drone-related topics and trends.

“There are countless industries that are considering using drones or already flying them,” said Sean. “Our goal with this podcast is to produce short, insightful episodes that provide background on UAS regulations and practices and offer tips for the safe, legal and effective use of UAS.” 

In the latest episode, released July 1, the Three Lawyers and a Drone crew covers the ins and outs of flying a drone for commercial purposes under UAS Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations, including pilot requirements and operating rules. 

The previous two podcast episodes explored drone disruptions at airports and public spaces and tips for first-time drone operators. 

How to listen: Three Lawyers and a Drone is available on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher. The audio for each episode is also posted to our website.

About our podcasters 

Sean McGowan is a partner in the Thompson Coburn Federal Regulatory practice group and the co-chair of the UAS practice group. He has served as a transportation regulatory lawyer for over 20 years, assisting clients with legal and business issues related to all modes of transportation — aviation, rail, trucking and maritime — and representing them before federal agencies.

Tyler Black is an associate in the International Trade and UAS practice groups. He advises clients on a variety of transportation, trade and regulatory issues. He is also a private pilot and a recreational drone pilot. 

Mike Deutsch is an associate at Thompson Coburn and works on a variety of transportation regulatory issues. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked at the Federal Aviation Administration and at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he worked on a range of aviation and drone issues.