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Johnathan B. Rupprecht

Johnathan B. Rupprecht

Drone Analyst, Forbes, Newsweek, Politico, NPR, Marketwatch, The Independent, Motherboard, and many other sources have cited or quoted Jonathan B. Rupprecht who is a lawyer and a FAA certificated commercial pilot with single-engine, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. He is also an FAA certificated airplane flight instructor and instrument flight instructor. Jonathan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Magna Cum Laude, and a Juris Doctor from Florida International University School of Law.

The American Bar Association has published a book on unmanned aircraft law that Jonathan co-authored, called Unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace: Critical Issues, Technology, and the Law, with other drone attorneys. Jonathan wrote two chapters on administrative law, the FAA rule making process, the special rule on unmanned aircraft, and a brief history of unmanned aircraft. Jonathan also authored another book called Drones: Their Many Civilian Uses and the U.S. Laws Surrounding Them which is currently being used as a textbook at many universities around the US as part of their unmanned aircraft curriculum. He also co-authored another book on drone flight instruction that will be published by the highly respected aviation publisher ASA.

He was first an advisor for one of the amicus briefs for the highly publicized Huerta v. Pirker case. He is currently working with John Taylor on three “high stakes” cases suing the FAA in the Federal District Court of Appeals for D.C. (The court right below the U.S. Supreme Court) challenging the FAA’s registration regulations. The outcome of the cases will have long lasting effects on the drone sector for years to come.

Jonathan currently is the legal advisor to the Drone Analyst. He is a member of the Society of Aerial Cinematographers. He is on the Florida Department of Agriculture’s working group for UAS. As of 12/31/2015, Rupprecht Law, P.A. was ranked 2nd in the United States by the number of Section 333 clients. Jonathan is currently practicing law in South Florida at his firm Rupprecht Law, P.A. ( where is assists clients with exemptions, airspace waivers, and FAA enforcement actions.

About the Law Firm
As of 12/31/2015, Rupprecht Law, P.A. was ranked 2nd in the US, as compared to other law firms, by the number of Section 333 exemption clients. Rupprecht Law, P.A. focuses on meeting the legal needs of businesses, individuals, and government agencies wishing to integrate drones into their operations by helping them obtain exemptions, COA’s, and registrations. The firm
specifically focuses on federal aviation law but occasionally assists individuals who are being prosecuted under state criminal laws for flying their drones. Rupprecht Law, P.A. is currently working on the Taylor v. FAA cases defending the rights of recreational drone operators.