Virginia: MAPPS, an association for private sector geospatial firms in the U.S., has signed a deal with The Aviation Law Firm (TALF) to provide legal advice on issues related to aerial 3D acquisitions.
MAPPS made several efforts to demonstrate to the U.S Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the safe use of LiDAR and remote sensors to collect 3D data. However, the new regulatory guidelines in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2012 have been creating obstacles for MAPPS members. “Photogrammetry and remote sensing technologies operate in a niche within general aviation, but not everyone understands our operations,” said MAPPS Aerial Acquisition Committee Chairman Richard Crouse, of Richard Crouse & Associates, Inc., based in Frederick, Maryland.
Under the terms of the agreement, MAPPS will receive legal advice and assistance to address aviation related issues raised by the membership. In addition to the services provided to MAPPS, the agreement also provides a means by which individual MAPPS member firms can utilize the law firm”s services for its own individual needs. Counsel will be provided by TALF’s Greg Winton, a former trial attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Justice.