The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is responsible for investigating civil transportation accidents. This includes aviation accidents and incidents, some highway crashes, ship and marine accidents, pipeline incidents and railroad accidents. They also make safety recommendations. In aviation, they have recommended such things as mid-air collision avoidance technology, ground proximity warning systems, airborne wind shear detection and alert systems, smoke detectors in lavatories, floor-level escape lighting, and making fuel tanks inert.
Previously the FAA had fined Raphael Pirker, an aerial photographer, $10,000 for operating his Ritewing Zephyr in a reckless manner on the University of Virginia campus in 2011. An administrative law judge with the National Transportation Safety Board, which hears appeals of Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions, sided with Pirker earlier this year, saying the FAA hasn’t issued any regulations specifically for drones and therefore can’t determine their use.
But the FAA appealed that decision to the NTSB four-member safety board. The board ruled that small drones are subject to existing rules. This sent the case back to the judge to decide if Pirker’s drone was operated recklessly. Kenneth Quinn, a former FAA general counsel said “It’s a huge win for the FAA, and signals it’s not going to be the Wild West for drones, but a careful, orderly, safe introduction of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.”
If drone flights are subject to FAA regulations, fines such as those imposed on Raphael Pirker may become more common. The FAA monitors drone videos on sites like Facebook and YouTube.
Drone Case Settles This is a still from the video for which Pirker was fined. The full video is available in the link below. This case has finally been settled. In 2011 Raphael Pirker had been fined $10,000 by the FAA for using a Zephyr drone to capture aerial shots of the University of Virginia […]Read More
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