NTSB Appeal Rules that Drones are Aircraft Subject to FAA Regulations

When the FAA assessed a $10,000 civil penalty on Raphael Pirker for the careless or reckless operation of an unmanned aircraft, the administrative law judge hearing the case terminated the FAA’s enforcement action because he said the drone was not an aircraft and therefore not subject to FAA regulations. In appealing that decision, the National Transportation Safety Board reversed that decision. This affects not only the Pirker case but the regulatory debate on the integration of unmanned … [Read More...]

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FAA To Approve Drone Use In Filming

Forbes is reporting that the FAA is going to approve limited operations of sUAS (small unmanned aerial systems) on controlled movie production sets. The flights will be allowed via a 333 exemption that "provides an additional avenue for commercial UAS operations," according to the story.  The piece goes on to explain that the FAA says that commercial operations are authorized on a case-by-case … [Read More...]