Susan Crawford knocks the FAA for claiming authority to regulate commercial drones but never writing any actual rules: The Federal Aviation Administration has been asserting for years that it has broad authority over drones but hasn’t been able to come up with any rules covering their use. That didn’t stop the agency from fining a 29-year-old Swiss man, Raphael “Trappy” […]
On March 7th, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it would appeal a federal court ruling that essentially allows drones to be legally used for commercial purposes. A day earlier, National Transportation Safety Board administrative law judge Patrick Geraghty dismissed...
Problems that could lead to the break-up of an airplane in mid-air were brought up by safety regulators weeks before the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered checks on hundreds of U.S.-registered 777s after reports of cracking in the fuselage skin underneath a satellite antenna. In an airworthiness directive, it […]
A federal administrative court judge has determined that drones–aka unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs–can be used for commercial purposes because the Federal Aviation Administration has no regulations on the books that prohibit such uses. Vice.com reported that the judge made the ruling last week in a case involving a photographer who had appealed a $10,000 […]
Its safe to say that drones are here to stay, already extensively being used by the military, it is expected that commercial drones will play a major role in the not so distant future. The Federal Aviation Administration is to chartShow More Summary
A federal judge has dismissed the first, and only, fine administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) against a commercial drone user. As reported by Fox News, the grounds the FAA gave for the fine is in relationship to their authority to keep the burgeoning civilian drone industry out of the sky. Show More Summary
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is pushing back at a major federal court decision from Thursday that ruled the agency did not have the right to fine a commercial photographer for flying a commercial drone "The FAA is appealing...Show More Summary
A hobbyist drone. Photo by Flickr user Steve Lodefink A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration does not have jurisdiction over small, commercial drones. However, drone lawyers caution commercial enthusiasts...Show More Summary
Yesterday, a National Transportation Safety Board judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration could not fine anybody for using small, hobby-plane-sized commercial drones use because it hadn’t made any legally binding rules against them. Show More Summary
The Federal Aviation Administration says it has appealed a decision that says the agency can’t make rules about commercial drone use. “The agency is concerned that this decision could impact the safe operation of the national airspace system and … Read more
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday said it would appeal a ruling by an administrative law judge in the case against the operator of a small commercial drone, that could favor the use of more unmanned aircraft.
For the moment, commercial drones are, unequivocally, legal in American skies after a federal judge has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against it. The judge dismissed the FAA’s case against Raphael Pirker, the first (and only) person the agency has tried to fine for flying a drone... Read More
A National Transportation Safety Board Judge has dismissed a $10,000 fine levied by the Federal Aviation Administration against a man who used a drone to shoot a promotional video. Raphael Pirker was accused of reckless flying by the...Show More Summary
A federal judge decided Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not prohibit commercial droning. Could this be the beginning of a whole new phase in drone use? The FAA had fined photographer Raphael Pirker $10,000 for reckless flying.…
An Earth-shaking piece of news hit the drone community on Thursday night. A National Transportation Safety Board judge dismissed a fine that the Federal Aviation Administration had levied against the pilot of a commercial drone. The FAA has no legal authority over small aircraft, the judge said. Read more...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has thrown out a fine by the Federal Aviation Administration against the operator of a small commercial drone, a decision that could open up the nation's skies to more unmanned-aircraft flights.
Drones might soon be coming to a neighborhood near you. A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has not explicitly outlawed the unmanned aerial vehicles. This will allow all number of businesses, from beer distributors to photography companies, to operate their drones without running afoul of the law. The ruling was made in favor of Raphael...
After the Federal Aviation Administration tried to levy a $10,000 fine against a drone operator, an administrative law judge with the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday overruled that fine, saying no law currently bans the commercial use of drones. Furthermore, this same judge—Judge Patrick G. Show More Summary
A hobbyist drone flies over an open field. Photo by Michael MK Khor WASHINGTON — A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration’s only fine against a commercial drone user on the grounds that the small drone was no...Show More Summary
Chin up, Amazon! Turn that frown upside down, local brewery sending beer through the air! Delivery by commercial drone might still be possible, despite the Federal Aviation Administration going around putting the kibosh on the unmanned aerial vehicles. Show More Summary