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

Hi there,


Since you stumbled upon my webpages, I assume you are a UAS enthusiast!


It doesn't matter whether you are a commercial UAS operator, a recreational UAS user, a public entity operator like law enforcement or fire or search and rescue person, or simply an educational user wondering if this is the career path for you, I hope that these pages bring you some guidance!


I have a slew of information, starting with 14 pages of ground school in preparation for the Part 107 remote pilot written test or Part 61 add-on. There are pages devoted to each specific user, pages devoted to job hunting, or counter-UAS technology. I even wrote an extensive FREE webbook on Global Drone Laws (see link below).


I hope you find what you are looking for on this site. And if not, please reach out to me. I always appreciate your feedback and I am constantly updating the pages!




Drones Across the World - 

This webbook is structured the way the United Nations views the globe, in 6 main areas, Northern America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania, Europe, Asia, and Africa. In my course it is intended to be taught in a sequence, but it is also easily searchable by country if used as a reference guide.


This webbook has an interactive design with hyperlinks, and authenticated sources, that promotes information literacy. Questions are provided in order to promote discussion and critical thinking, indicative of higher learning.


While still copyrighted content, it is freely distributed worldwide under a Creative Commons, non-commercial, and non-derivative license.



The history of the drone in 9 minutes

Early history of UAS and the AMA: 3 books available for download below

2013 - A Brief History of Early Uncrewed Aircraft - John F. Keane and Stephen S. Carr
A brief history of early UA.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.7 MB]
2010 - Uncrewed Aerial Systems: A Historical Perspective - John David Blom
UAS - A Historical Perspective.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]
2012 - History of the AMA - Since 1936
History of AMA.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [267.9 KB]


Some laws that could be used in Arizona .... in addition to the UAS specific ones!


13-1424 Voyeurism (mentions a device but does not define it so UAS could be a device)

13-1502 Criminal Trespass in the third degree ("Entry" means the intrusion of any part of any instrument or any part of a person's body inside the external boundaries of a structure or unit of real property. - see definitions as a UAS could be an instrument)

13-1503 Criminal Trespass in the second degree

13-1504 Criminal Trespass in the first degree

13-2908 Criminal nuisance

13-2917 Public nuisance

13-2921 Harassment

13-2923 Stalking



Title 28 of the A.R.S. Chapter 25 deals with Aviation

"Aircraft" includes a balloon, airplane, amphibian and craft used for navigation through the air.

The UAV Digest is a weekly audio podcast bringing you coverage of uncrewed aerial vehicles and systems,

created by David Vanderhoof and Max Flight - the two hosts of the show.

UAV111 UAVs and the Law - Guest speaker Dr. Sarah Nilsson September 4, 2015


Marcelo Lewin


The Drone Dude Podcast


Interview with Dr. Sarah J. Nilsson, Esq. on July 10, 2015

20 of the world's leading research universities and 100 leading industry, government partners comprise the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence, or ASSURE which possesses the expertise, infrastructure and outstanding track record of success that the FAA Center of Excellence for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems demands.


The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was established by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Oct. 31, 2013, as a research center in partnership with the Texas A&M University Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).

Contact Me

Sarah Nilsson, J.D., Ph.D., MAS


602 561 8665


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Legal Disclaimer

The information on this website is for EDUCATIONAL purposes only and DOES NOT constitute legal advice. 

While the author of this website is an attorney, she is not YOUR attorney, nor are you her client, until you enter into a written agreement with Nilsson Law, PLLC to provide legal services.

In no event shall Sarah Nilsson be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages relating to this material, for any use of this website, or for any other hyperlinked website.



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