Judge Strikes Down 6-Year-Old FAA Drone Ban, Makes Commercial Drones Legal
Go entrepreneurs! Wow, this holds up and I promise you somehow I will find funding for a drone that can fly at least my GoPro’s and preferably my DSLR. *rubs hands in that slightly maniacal style*
I can make really good use of something like that. Aerial would add just what I need to step up and get those paid gigs for my little growing media company.
One of the judges of the National Transportation Safety Board (the NTSB) ruled yesterday that the FAA has no authority to regulate drones, striking down a six-year-old ban on commercial drones and saving a Swiss drone operator $10,000 that the FAA was trying to fine him.
The battle began in 2011 when drone pilot Raphael Pirker was issued a $10,000 fine for flying a styrofoam drone around the University of Virgina to capture footage for a commercial he was shooting for the university’s medical school.
As far as the FAA is concerned, commercial drone flight has been illegal since 2007; however, according to the court papers, they never actually created an enforceable rule. All they did was issue a policy statement.