America’s Federal Aviation Administration FAA has lost its test case against Raphael Pirker known in the RC community as Trappy of Team Black Sheep.
Trappy had been facing a $10,000 fine, with charges made by the FAA that he:
- Operated the aircraft directly towards an individual standing on a UVA sidewalk causing the individual to take immediate evasive maneuvers so as to avoid being struck by your aircraft.
- Operated the aircraft through a UVA tunnel containing moving vehicles.
- Operated the aircraft under a crane.
- Operated the aircraft below tree top level over a tree lined walkway.
- Operated the aircraft within approximately 15 feet of a UVA statue,
- Operated the aircraft within approximately 50 feet of railway tracks.
- Operated the aircraft within approximately 50 feet of numerous individuals.
- Operated the aircraft within approximately 20 feet of a UVA active street containing numerous pedestrians and cars.
- Operated the aircraft within approximately 25 feet of numerous UVA buildings.
- Operated the aircraft on at least three occasions under an elevated pedestrian walkway and above an active street.
- Operated the aircraft directly towards a two story UVA building below rooftop level and made an abrupt climb in order to avoid hitting the building.
- Operated the aircraft within approximately 100 feet of an active heliport at UVA.
However, the ruling in effect means the commercial use of drones in the US is currently legal.
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