Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS

Getting to know me!

When I tell people in the United States that I was born on the island of Malta, I inevitably invite the following question in response.

Where is Malta?

The island of Malta is a small independent nation state in the center of the Mediterranean, just below Sicily in Southern Europe.

Malta is an island nation that consists of three main islands: the main island Malta, a smaller island Gozo, and an even smaller island Comino.

The archipelago lies south of Sicily and North of Tunisia, in the center of the Mediterranean. The country’s official languages are Maltese and English. 

The main island, Malta, measures about 17 miles at its longest distance from southeast to northwest and about 9 miles at its widest distance from east to west.

 

The main physical characteristic of Malta is a well-defined escarpment that bisects it along the Victoria Lines Fault running along the whole breadth of the island from Point ir-Raħeb (west of Nadur Tower) to the coast northeast of Għargħur. The highest areas are coralline limestone uplands that constitute a triangular plateau, Ta’ Żuta (829 feet [253 meters]), to the west.

 

The uplands are separated from the surrounding areas by blue clay slopes, while under-cliff areas are found where the coralline plateau has fallen and forms a subordinate surface between the sea and the original shore. The total shoreline is 85 miles.

 

To the north the escarpment is occasionally abrupt and broken by deep embayments. To the south, however, the plateaus gradually descend from about 600–800 feet into undulating areas of globigerina (derived from marine protozoa) limestone less than 400 feet high. On the west are deeply incised valleys and under-cliff areas, while on the east are several valleys that descend to the central plains.

The west coast of Malta presents a high, bold, and generally harborless face. On the east, however, a tongue of high ground known as Mount Sceberras separates the bays of Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. These deepwater harbors contribute to the strategic importance of Malta. They are associated with nine seasonal creeks that include those of Sliema, Lazzaretto, Msida, and Newport. The northern shore is again bare and craggy, characterized by its coves and hills, which are separated by fertile lowlands.

In Gozo the landscape is characterized by a broken coralline plateau to the north and by low-lying globigerina limestone plains and hills to the south. The highest point, in the west, is 578 feet. The total shoreline is 27 miles.

My favorite places on the island are the prehistoric temples.

 

The oldest buildings in Europe are found in Malta - older than the Pyramids of Egypt.

 

The occupation and settlement of Malta by modern humans began approximately 7,000 years ago, when the first Neolithic Farmers crossed the 50 mile-wide straits that separate the islands from Sicily. Prior to that, the islands were uninhabited. The undomesticated animals, at the beginning of the Holocene [12-10,000 years ago] would have been red deer, bear, fox and wolf. Much earlier than that, there is archaeological evidence of Pleistocene species [c. 250,000 years ago] such as dwarf elephants and hippopotami.

 

Check out the various webcams around Malta!

 

My favorite maltese expression: "Bil-qatra l-qatra timtela l-garra." 

 

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My PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Phoenix School of Law Student Bar Association - Evening Student Delegate

Phoenix School of Law Aviation Law Student Association - President 

Phoenix School of Law Night Student Society - member

American Bar Association - member

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (Goldwater Chapter) - lifetime member

Phi Kappa Phi - member

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, member

Arizona Pilots Association, member

Women in Aviation, International, (Prescott ERAU Chapter) - member

American Leadership and Policy Foundation - senior fellow

 

 

My PILOT CERTIFICATIONS 

Federal Aviation Administration

Type rating - Citation CE 500

Airline Transport Pilot - Multi-engine land

Commercial pilot - Airplane single-engine land with instrument rating  

Flight instructor - Airplane single and multi-engine instrument with Gold Seal

Ground instructor - Advanced and Instrument

Remote Pilot sUAS Part 107 

Medical Certificate Class 1 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drones Across America

 

available from the

 

American Bar Association

 

ebook

 

Amazon

 

My doctoral dissertation for the Ph.D.

 

"Relationship between Recent Flight Experience and Pilot Error in General Aviation Accidents"

 

is available on Amazon

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My Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) for the J.D.

 

"A Circle Takes No Sides" on the topic of Circle Justice


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Nilsson, S. (2019, May 1). UAS Federal and North Carolina State laws.Presented webinar to North Carolina Justice Academy Law “Drone/UAS Basic Level Training Course for Public Safety Officers.” May 1, 2019. Prescott, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2019, February 14). UAS Federal and State laws. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. February 14, 2019. Salt River Police Department, Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2019, February 9). UAS Rules and Local Regulatory Considerations. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. February 9, 2019. Buckeye Airport, Copperstate Fly-in, Arizona.   

 

Nilsson, S. (2019, January 4). ERAU Shared Governance and Learning your Faculty Handbook. A 1-hour presentation for new faculty orientation at ERAU, Prescott, Arizona. 

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, December 5). Eye see you up there, Key note speaker and Panel for GIS UAS Day at Arizona Western College, Yuma, Arizona.  

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, November 28). Why Reinvent the Wheel or Drone Law in the Case at Bar, Article in the American Leadership and Policy Foundation Quarterly Update for 

October 2018.

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, November 17). The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and how it Pertains to UAS, Presentation with Ernie Copeland and the FAASTeam at the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, Tucson, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, November 10). UAS: Today and Tomorrow. Presentationfor the Ninety Nines Organization, at ERAU, Prescott, Arizona. 

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, November 8). The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and how it pertains to UAS,Presentation at the Arizona UAS Summit and Expo, Mesa, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, November 8). Remote Pilots Council Meeting.Presentation and Panel at the Arizona UAS Summit and Expo, with Tina Buskirk and Ernie Copeland for AUVSI Sahuaro Chapter, Mesa, Arizona

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, October 19). UAS: Today and Tomorrow. Speaker for the College of Aviation for Parent’s Weekend at ERAU DLC, Prescott, Arizona. 

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, October 13). Progress not Perfection. Key note speaker with Michelle Parker Hight during lunch at Girls in Aviation Day at ERAU, Prescott, Arizona. 

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, September 18). Federal, State and local policies in UAS Workshop.

Presentation for Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) Education and Training Symposium, Prescott Resort, Arizona. 

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, June 16). WINGs Seminar on Runway Incursion and Surface Deviation Avoidance. Presentation with FAASafety Team, Brian Roggow, Ernie Copeland, and Todd Underwood. ERAU, Lower Hangar, Prescott, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, April 23). Legal Matters: Dexter A & P. FAA Scottsdale FSDO. Airworthiness Newsletter. FY18 3RD Quarter.

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, April 10). Interview for article in The Embry-Riddle Newsroom by Katharina Lane entitled Turning a Hobby into a Business: Key Considerations for sUAS. Available at https://news.erau.edu/headlines/turning-a-hobby-into-a-business-key-considerations-for-suas/

 

Nilsson, S. & Ledermann M. (2018, April 6). ATC Privatization… Legally Speaking…A Good Idea? Paper and poster presentation. National Committee on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in conjunction with the ERAU Undergraduate Research Institute (URI).

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, January 30). Planning for Death. A 1-hour Workshop for LEAD at ERAU, Prescott,

Arizona. 

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, January 14). Interview for article in the Daily Courier by Cindy Barks entitled Got a drone for Christmas? Experts say new users should keep a few things in mind. Available at https://www.dcourier.com/news/2018/jan/14/got-drone-christmas/

 

Nilsson, S. (2018, January). UAS: Laws and AZ LEA Guidance, Public Use Info. FAASTeam

Presentation for AUVSI with Ernest Copeland and Tracy Lamb. January 16, 2018. Polsinelli Law

Firm, Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Kadah, J., Young. J., Perry, J.C., Nilsson, S. & Spencer, B. (2017). Joint Unmanned Air Traffic Team Working to Improve UAS Safety. The EMBRY-RIDDLE News Room. http://news.erau.edu/headlines/joint-unmanned-air-traffic-team-workingto- improve-uas-safety/ 

 

Perry, J.C., Nilsson, S., Young, J., Holt, T.B., Spencer, B., & Luedtke, J. (2017). An Economic and Feasible Solution to Integrating Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace System. Arizona UAS Summit & Expo. Mesa, AZ 

 

Perry, J.C., Young, J., Nilsson, S., Holt, T.B., Spencer, B., Cook. B., & Wilkerson, K.C. (2017). Unmanned Air Traffic Control in a Manned Air Traffic World: An innovative solution to integrating unmanned air traffic into controlled airspace. University Aviation Association Conference. Riverside, CA

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, December). UAS: Laws and AZ LEA Guidance, Public Use Info. FAASTeam

Safety Seminar with Ernest Copeland. December 13, 2017. Prescott City Hall, Prescott, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, November 30). Interview for article in Williamsburg Yorktown Daily by Steve Roberts entitled Hundreds of drones are in Williamsburg’s skies, what are your rights from the ground? Available at https://wydaily.com/2017/11/30/hundreds-of-drones-are-in-williamsburgs-skies-what-are-your-rights-from-the-ground-tek/

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, November 30). Wheel of Life. A 1-hour Workshop for LEAD at ERAU, Prescott,

Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, November 8). The Law of the Land: How UAS Regulations at the State, Federal Level Will Shape the 2018 Industry, Presentation and Panel at the Arizona UAS Summit and Expo, with Adam Hawkins, Mesa, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, November 7). Remote Pilots Council Meeting. Presentation and Panel at the Arizona UAS Summit and Expo, with Tina Buskirk and Ernie Copeland for AUVSI Sahuaro Chapter, Mesa, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, October). UAS: Updates in Congress and from Presidential Memorandum. 

FAASTeam Safety Seminar. October 28, 2017. Mesa Falcon Field Copperstate Fly-In, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, October). ATC Privatization, Good or Not? URI Presentation for ERAU Parents

Weekend. October 27, 2017. Prescott, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, October). UAS: A typical law class. 30-minute Presentation for ERAU Parents

Weekend. October 27, 2017. Prescott, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, September 30). UAS law Part 1; UAS Laws Part 2; FAA Compliance Philosophy; BasicMed. Four roundtable panels at the Angel Flight West Tri-Wing Fly-In, Lake Havasu, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, September 21). Drones: Not just Toys, Lunch Key note speaker at the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) Education and Training Symposium, Prescott, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017). Eye in the Sky. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. Co-presented with Tina Buskirk, John Nunes, & Ernie Copeland. July 25, 2017. Peoria Police Department, Peoria, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, July 18). Interview for article in Asbury Park Press by Andrew J. Goudsward entitled, As drone industry grows, a fight looms for control of the sky. Available at http://www.app.com/story/news/local/communitychange/2017/07/18/drone-industry-grows-fight-looms-control-sky/460402001/

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, June 27). Interview for article in The Daily Courier by Sue Tone entitled Goodwin Fire closes Highway 69 – No Drone Zone. Available at https://www.dcourier.com/news/2017/jun/27/goodwin-fire-closes-highway-69/

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, June 7). Interview for article in UAS Magazine by Miller, P. C. entitled Attorney lists pluses, minuses of Drone Federalism Act. Available at http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1705/attorney-lists-pluses-minuses-of-drone-federalism-act

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, May 24). Interview for The Show on KJZZ, NPR Phoenix, by Mark Brodie, entitled Court Ruling Strikes Down Hobby Drone Registration Rule. Available at http://theshow.kjzz.org/content/480124/court-ruling-strikes-down-hobby-drone-registration-rule

 

Nilsson, S. (2017). Hot Topics: UAS Law. 2017 AzAA Spring Conference. Co-presented with Jeff Stempihar and Jose Medina. May 23, 2017. Prescott Resort and Conference Center, Prescott, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017). Updates to UAS Law in AZ. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. Co-presented with Tina Buskirk, Jeremy Grogan, & Ernie Copeland. May 20, 2017. ASU, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017). Updates to UAS Law in AZ: How to Protect Yourself Legally. Co-presented with John Nunes, Tina Buskirk, & Ernie Copeland. April 6, 2017. Sierra Vista Police Department, Sierra Vista, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017). Updates to UAS Law in AZ: How to Protect Yourself Legally. Co-presented with John Nunes, Tina Buskirk, & Ernie Copeland. April 5, 2017. AZ GIC meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, March 16). Interview for article in UAS Magazine by Miller, P. C. entitled Author says U.S. has a bewildering array of UAS laws, Regulations. Available at http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1667/author-says-u-s-has-a-bewildering-array-of-uas-laws-regulations

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, February 24). Game of Drones: Part 107 and the Integration of UAS into the National Airspace System, Panel Presentation at the ABA Air & Space Law Update Conference, Washington, D.C.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017). Drones Across America. American Bar Association, Air & Space Law Forum, Washington, D.C.

 

Nilsson, S. (2017, February 7). UAS Operations and Rules. Co-presented with John Nunes, Tina Buskirk, & Ernie Copeland. Arizona Western College, Yuma, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, December 15). Interview for article in The Embry-Riddle Newsroom by Lacey McLaughlin entitled The Future of UAS: Q & A with Embry-Riddle Aviation Law Professor Sarah Nilsson. Available at http://news.erau.edu/headlines/the-future-of-uas-qa-with-embry-riddle-aviation-law-professor-sarah-nilsson/

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, November 8). Federal Preemption on UAS Laws: Necessity or Intrusion? Presentation and Panel at the Arizona UAS Summit and Expo, Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, November 2). UAV Law and Risk Management. Presentation and Panel at the Commercial UAV Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, October). Updates to UAS Law in AZ: How to Protect Yourself Legally. FAASTeam 

Safety Seminar. October 29, 2016. Falcon Field Copperstate Fly-in, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. & Stuckenberg, D. (2016, October 14). Article in The Tampa Bay Times entitled Don’t Forget that Drones started as Military Weapons. Available at http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/column-dont-forget-that-drones-started-as-military-weapons/2298119

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, September). UAS: FAA Memo to Law Enforcement Agencies and AZ State UAS law. Presentation at ALELAA Chandler Police Legal Advisor Unit. September 23, 2016. Chandler, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, August 23). What the US can learn from international UAS law. Presentation and proceedings to the 10th Annual UAS Summit and Expo, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, June 28). Interview for article in The Arizona Republic by Yara, Georgann entitled Extreme Aerial Productions: Drone hobby takes flight into business. Available at http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/abg/2016/06/28/extreme-aerial-productions-drone-hobby-takes-flight-into-business/84856252/

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, June 26). Interview for article in The Daily Courier by Orr, Scott entitled New Drone Rules Mean New Jobs. Available at http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/jun/26/new-drone-rules-mean-new-jobs/

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, June 10). UAS Law CLE. Arizona Office of the Attorney General. Co-presented with AG Michael Hrnicek, Tina Buskirk, Ernie Copeland, Jeremy Groban.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, May 12). Interview for feature article on ERAU, PC website by Tissot, M., entitled

UAS Courses Take Flight in Prescott. Available at http://prescott.erau.edu/features/faa-memo-clarifying-uas-education

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, April). What a great time to be Alive: A look at the Commercial Space and Unmanned Aircraft Industries. Keynote Speech at the Aviation Explorers Fundraising Dinner. April 30, 2016. Air Force National Guard, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, April). UAS: Regulations in the NAS. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. April 12, 2016. Co-presented with Ernie Copeland, Scottsdale FSDO, ERAU DLC, Prescott, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, February). Podcast on Federal, State, and Local Drone Laws, Property Rights and Privacy. The Drone Law Pro – Enrico Schaefer. February 5, 2016. Available at https://www.dronelaw.pro/field-preemption-faa-trumps-state-local-drone-laws/

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, January). UAS: Regulations in the NAS. Presentation at Honeywell Flight Technical Services Safety Stand Down as part of FAASTeam. January 28, 2016. Deer Valley, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, January). UAS: Regulations in the NAS. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. January 16

2016. Proceedings to A3IRCon 2016, Chandler, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, January). 2015 Commercial Space Industry Snapshot as seen through the eyes of

the ISPCS. January 15, 2016. Proceedings to A3IRCon 2016, Chandler, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2016, January). A3ircon in Chandler. January 15, 2016. FOX 10 News at 7.39am in the

Morning Show.

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, December 22). Interview for article in UAS Magazine by Miller, P. C. entitled

Studying UAS Regulations Overseas. Available at http://www.uasmagazine.com/blog/article/2016/01/studying-uas-regulations-overseas

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, December 22). Interview for article in UAS Magazine by Miller, P. C. entitled FAA

had to Assert it Regulatory Authority. Available at http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1379/aviation-attorney-faa-had-to-assert-its-regulatory-authority

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, November). UAS: Regulations in the NAS. Presentation at Sanders and Parks Law Office. November 17, 2015. Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, October). UAS: Regulations in the NAS. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. October 24,

2015. Casa Grande Copperstate Fly-In, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, October). UAS: Regulations v. Policy. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. October 10, 

2015. Mesa-Gateway, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, September 17). Interview for article in UAS Magazine by Miller, P. C. entitled

States continue to Pass Laws in Conflict with FAA’s Authority. Available at http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1245/states-continue-to-pass-laws-in-conflict-with-faaundefineds-authority

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, September). In the Aftermath of Pirker: Questions of Policy Versus Law on

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Proceedings to The Citadel 2015 Intelligence and Homeland

Security Enterprise Conference. Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, September). Pilot Enforcement Action Presentation. Prescott Airport Users

Association. September 15, 2015. Prescott Airport, AZ.

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, September). Podcast on UAVs and the Law. The UAV Digest. September 5, 2015.

Available at http://theuavdigest.com/uav111-uavs-and-the-law/

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, July). Podcast on Drones, the Law and the FAA. The Drone Dude. July 10, 2015.

Available at http://www.dronedudepodcast.com/e/010-interview-with-aviation-lawyer-sarah-nilsson

about-drones-the-law-and-the-faa/

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, May). UAS: Regulations v. Policy. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. May 23, 2015.

Mesa-Gateway, Arizona.

 

Nilsson, S. & Hamilton, J. (2015). Practical Aviation and Aerospace Law (6th ed.). Chapter 18: Commercial Space Operations. Newcastle, WA, Aviation Supplies & Academics.

 

Nilsson, S. & Hamilton, J. (2015). Practical Aviation and Aerospace Law Workbook (6th ed.). Chapter

18: Commercial Space Operations. Newcastle, WA, Aviation Supplies & Academics.

 

Nilsson, S. (2015 August). In the Aftermath of Pirker: Questions of Policy Versus Law on Unmanned

Aerial Systems (UAS). Proceedings to The Citadel Conference on Intelligence and Security. 21 pps.

 

Nilsson, S. (2015, February). Pirker and Beyond: Questions of Policy Versus Law on Unmanned

Aerial Systems (UAS). Proceedings to A3IRCon 2015 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 21

pps.

 

Nilsson, S. (2014 April). A Circle Takes No Sides. Dissertation. Arizona Summit Law School. 45pps.

 

Nilsson, S. (2011 June). Relationship between Recent Flight Experience and Pilot Error General

Aviation Accidents. Dissertation. Northcentral University. 192 pps.

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January 15, 2016 - A3IRCON 2016 focus on UAS - FOX 10 News

 

July 10, 2015 - Podcast on Drones, the Law and the FAA - The Drone Dude

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