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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First Robotic Skies Drone Repair & Return-To-Service Completed

Robotic Skies has completed its first repair of a commercial drone and returned it to operational service. The maintenance work was performed at Kings Avionics, Henderson, Nevada. Kings Avionics is one of nearly 60 Robotic Skies service centers located around the world. Chris Haskell, an FAA-certified avionics repairman, troubleshot and returned-to-operations a service-drone G4 1.4 unmanned … [Read More...]