MAPPS announced Wednesday an agreement with The Aviation Law Firm to provide legal services related to aerial acquisition activities affecting the organization and its membership.

"This agreement is focused solely on aviation related laws and regulations," MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello said. "With advancements in aerial acquisition and airborne remote sensing technology and the introduction of unmanned aerial systems, we believe having legal counsel in this important and specialized field is advantageous to addressing aviation related issues."

Greg Winton of the Washington, D.C.-based TALF will provide legal counsel to MAPPS. Winton is a former trial attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The agreement comes on the heels of new regulatory guidelines—particularly language passed in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2012--impacting the use of LiDAR operations in the U.S.

"MAPPS member firms operate aerial missions safely and within FAA guidelines on a daily basis all across the United States. This partnership is meant to protect the membership and the profession from unintended over-regulation," said Richard Crouse, MAPPS Aerial Acquisition Committee Chairman. 

 "Photogrammetry and remote sensing technologies operate in a niche within general aviation, but not everyone understands our operations. Mr. Winton and his team will employ their expert knowledge to help educate policy makers about our profession and operations." 

The announcement came at the MAPPS Summer Conference in Rockport, Maine. The legal services plan is only open to firms that are members of MAPPS.