Can you fly a drone for money and be fined? It seems that 20 people have been fined for flying recklessly. But not a single operator has been fined for making money.
Instead of going after companies that don’t have a 333 exemption, the FAA will fine drone companies (and drone hobbyists) for flying in a “careless or reckless” manner. It uses a manned aircraft regulation called 14 CFR Section 91.13(a) to enforce its fines. The FAA still has not enacted specific unmanned aircraft regulations, leading experts to believe that the FAA isn’t willing or able to prosecute drone companies for not having a license. “The FAA has yet to go after anyone solely for operating commercially without authorization,” Peter Sachs.
So today we welcome Jason Koebler from Motherboard (//motherboard.vice.com/author/JasonKoebler) to discuss his findings and reports through the Freedom of Information Act. We think you’ll find this very interesting. Thanks for joining us, and fly safe!
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