FAA Settles Key Case Over Commercial Drone Use… Leaves The Rest Of Us With No Rules At All

As we’ve been covering for a while now, the FAA is doing everything it can to delay nearly all commercial use of drones, despite the many possible innovations drones can lead to. Are there some legitimate safety concerns? Absolutely, but the FAA’s approach of “ban everything” and then drip out a few exemptions here and there is problematic. Last year, we wrote about a key test case, involving Raphael Pirker, in which a judge declared that the FAA’s ban on drones was illegal (mostly for procedural reasons). A few months ago, that got overturned… and now Pirker and the FAA have settled the matter, with Pirker agreeing to pay $1,100 [pdf] while not admitting to any wrong doing:

FAA Settles Key Case Over Commercial Drone Use… Leaves The Rest Of Us With No Rules At All

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