FAA granted authority to fine UAV operators


This past March, I wrote about the case of Raphael Pirker, a 29-year-old who used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to film a commercial at the University of Virginia. In this case, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) filed a case against Pirker for flying a drone commercially. However, once the case went to court, a US Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) administrative law judge  ruled that there is no official legally-binding rule against the commercial use of UAVs, and that the FAA has never officially regulated model aircraft and that its entire basis for making them illegal, a 2007 policy notice, was not legally binding.

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