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Old Mar 07, 2014, 03:27 PM
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Judge dismisses FAA fine against small drone user

Good news for modelers? I hope so.


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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 different than a model aircraft, a decision that appears to undermine the agency's power to keep a burgeoning civilian drone industry out of the skies.


Patrick Geraghty, a National Transportation Safety Board administrative law judge, said in his order dismissing the $10,000 fine that the FAA has no regulations governing model aircraft flights or for classifying model aircraft as an unmanned aircraft.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 03:40 PM
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Retracted.

http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releas...m?newsId=15894

FAA has already filed an appeal.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 03:42 PM
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Model flyers need to establish, and maintain, a clear definition and separation between our activities and the commercial activities of drone/UAV operators. Otherwise, the likelyhood is that we will all end up regulated to the same extent and, where money is involved, that will not be to the advantage of hobbyists.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 03:50 PM
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I read all through that and never saw the nature of the offense.

Frankly I have seen some multi pilots do some pretty stupid things.

We had one here flying FPV about 2 miles from launch point and ran into a TV/Cell transmission tower.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 03:53 PM
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I've seen all kind of model pilots do stupid things, from dropping (or attempting to drop) water balloons on people jogging near where they were flying, to flying into and getting stuck upon a high line tower.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 04:01 PM
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Hmmm, the same as a model aircraft which isn't FAA regulated Yet

I'd really like the FAA to ignore what happens below 400 ft and 5 miles from an airport.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 04:03 PM
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 04:05 PM
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Retracted.

http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releas...m?newsId=15894

FAA has already filed an appeal.
That's expected though, isn't it?

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Old Mar 07, 2014, 04:07 PM
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Hmmm, the same as a model aircraft which isn't FAA regulated Yet

I'd really like the FAA to ignore what happens below 400 ft and 5 miles from an airport.
Yup. I agree with this. Heck, they can even have more area around an airport to regulate.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 04:08 PM
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I don't understand the difference between a hobbyist with a camera and a commercial operator with the same equipment, why such concern by the regulators on "commercial" use, Fair enough on larger units that are closer to small aircraft or units operated out of "line of sight" where there is a genuine risk of interfering with human operated aircraft. I've got a friend in Japan who flys multis commercially for aerial photography< I must ask him what the reg's are over there.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 04:53 PM
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I hate the word drone used wrong.
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