A Judge in the US has ruled that flying commercial drones is legal, this means that the FAA does not have any jurisdiction over flights of commercial drones in the US.
The news comes after a Judge in the US ruled on a case against Raphael Pirker, where the FAA had attempted to fine him $10,00 for using a drone to film a commercial at the University of Virginia.
The Judge dealing with the case confirmed that the FAA ‘has not issued an enforceable Federal Acquisition Regulation regulatory rule governing model aircraft operation; has historically exempted model aircraft from the statutory FAR definitions of ‘aircraft’ by relegating model aircraft operations to voluntary compliance with the guidance expressed in [the 2007 policy notice’ Respondent’s model aircraft operation was not subject to FAR regulation and enforcement’
Basically what this means is that drone flights are now legal in the US, although this could possibly change in the future.
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