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Friday, January 20, 2017

FAA Drone Civil Penalty – The SkyPan Case –Patti Arthur, Esq.

The FAA announced on Wednesday that its case against SkyPan Has been settled for $200,000. SkyPan is an aerial photography company and according to the FAA, it violated Federal Aviation Regulations in 2014 by operating drones over congested airspace in New York and Chicago, thus causing an air safety hazard.

The original fine was assessed at $1.9 million.

This case is one for drone operators to know because the FAA is not kidding around when it comes to assessing fines. While the matter was eventually settled for an amount far less than the original fine,

$200,000 is not pocket change for most drone operators.

While many operators may think they can “fly under the radar” and won’t get caught using a drone outside of the law, is it really worth it to take that chance?

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