NTSB Finds Recreational Drone Operator Caused Crash with Army BlackHawk Helicopter

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The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) has found that a collision between a US Army BlackHawk helicopter and a recreational drone was caused by the drone operator’s failure to see and avoid the helicopter and his lack of understanding of safe operating practices. The collision occurred east of Staten Island, New York on September 21,… Read more

FAA Grants CNN Waiver to Operate Drones Over the General Public

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The FAA has granted CNN a first of its kind waiver allowing the news network to operate drones over the general public. UAS operations over people not involved in the UAS operation are generally prohibited by 14 CFR 107.39. Similarly, UAS operations at night, above 400 feet AGL or beyond the remote pilot’s visual line… Read more

FAA Settles $1.9 Million Case Against Commercial Drone Operator

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The FAA announced that it had settled a $1.9 million civil penalty case it had brought against SkyPan International, Inc. for unauthorized drone (or unmanned aircraft system (“UAS”)) flights over New York and Chicago during 2012-2014. Under the terms of the settlement, SkyPan, an aerial photography company, agreed to pay a $200,000 civil penalty while… Read more