on the blue. Raphael Pirker, a.k.a. "Trappy" was the first person ever to to fined by the FAA for the commercial operation of a drone. However, instead of paying up, Pirker decided to contest the ruling with a little pro bono legal help
. Last Thursday evening, the judge issued his ruling
. The judge dismissed the FAA's case
, agreeing with the defense that since the FAA never created any legally binding rules for small drones to begin with, they cannot now apply rules that would be used for a pilot flying a full size manned aircraft to drone operators.
For now, the ruling means that commercial operation of SUAS
in the United States is, basically
, legal. Within 24 hours of the ruling, the FAA appealed
the case to entire board of the NTSB.
SUAS experimenters who have been waiting in the wings are pleased with the ruling
posted by smoothvirus
on Mar 9, 2014 -
Raphael Pirker, a.k.a. Trappy, is a FPV
pilot who came to be well known after the video from his New York flight
went viral. While most of the media coverage of Trappy's NYC exploits was positive
, the incident prompted a heated debate
in the hobbyist community, and the authorities took a dim view
Shortly afterwards, Trappy was hired by a PR firm to do an aerial video
shoot over the University of Virginia. The FAA, having banned commercial use of UAVs
in 2007, took the unusual step of issuing a $10,000 fine
for the unauthorized flight.
Earlier this month Trappy's attorneys filed a response
(pdf) to the FAA's action which questions whether the FAA holds jurisdiction over "model aircraft" in the first place. According to Wired Magazine
, he court's decision could determine the future of model aviation and miniature UAVs in the US. Once again, the response from the hobbyist/entrepreneur community has been spirited
. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus
on Oct 17, 2013 -
Why is your plane late? Airlines can make more money selling 70 airplanes worth of tickets per hour than they could if they limited themselves to the 60 airplanes per hour that the runway can handle
. A long but excellent post on what is causing the delays at the airport.
posted by Coop
on Jan 30, 2008 -
Federal Aviation Administrator Marion Blakey
is valiantly fighting European attempts
to extend the EU's emission trading scheme to aviation.
Those silly Europeans, Ms. Blakey has argued
, are so overexcited about global warming that they are even using helicopters with thermal imaging systems to enforce a green tax on outdoor BBQs!
Unfortunately for her argument, it turns out that the story she quoted is a complete hoax
. Now, unlike Brownie, nobody would ever accuse Ms. Blakey of being a novice. Apart from previous tenures at, among others, the Department of Transportation and the NTSB, Ms. Blakey also founded Blakey & Agnew
, a "public affairs" firm with a special focus on transportation issues.
posted by Skeptic
on May 27, 2007 -
An interesting project
from the latest Vectors Journal. "Legend has it that Paglen, who has been called the Fox Mulder of cultural geography, was personally instrumental in provoking the military to extend the perimeter around Area 51 by several miles in an attempt to thwart one of his counter-surveillance efforts" [via]
posted by tellurian
on Feb 16, 2007 -
F.A.A. Official Scrapped Tape of 9/11 Controllers' Statements
Shit happens? Or does it? " At least six air traffic controllers who dealt with two of the hijacked airliners on Sept. 11, 2001, made a tape recording that day describing the events, but the tape was destroyed by a supervisor without anyone making a transcript or even listening to it, the Transportation Department said today."
posted by Postroad
on May 6, 2004 -
the myth of plastic knives and boxcutters
. "This fictoid serves to divert public attentions from the responsibility, and legal liability, of the government and airlines to prevent major weapons — such as guns, bombs, chemical sprays and hunting knives
[all of which were mentioned in flight attendant and passenger cell phone calls] from being carried aboard airplanes. If such illegal devices had been smuggled aboard the planes, the liability could amount to billions of dollars. If, on the other hand, it could be disseminated that the hijackers had only used plastic knives, such as those provided by the airlines for meals, or box cutters, which were allowed on planes, neither the airlines, the screeners at the airport, or the FAA, which regulates the safety of airports, could be held legally responsible."
posted by fotzepolitic
on May 31, 2002 -
During Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah's visit to Crawford, Texas, this week, his representatives asked the FAA for his flights to be worked only by male air traffic controllers
, according to today's Dallas Morning News
posted by rcade
on Apr 27, 2002 -
The Solution?...Fly Naked
So you can sneak a bomb in your shoe. The only solution is to fly naked. You can't bring anything on board; it all has to be shipped separately on cargo jet. There has to be an air marshall on every flight -- no in plain clothes (because nobody's in clothes) but sitting in front of the cockpit, heavily armed and ready. It's getting that ridiculous. What can we do?
posted by riley370
on Dec 28, 2001 -
Your tax dollars at work?
Apparently the FAA
is paying $50 a click to make sure that Americans are well informed passengers. What ever happened to Public Service Announcements? Anyone want to buy a $200 screwdriver?
posted by shoepal
on Dec 18, 2001 -
72,000 San Diegans came out this past weekend to make a human stars and stripes. Apparently the FAA wouldn't give clearance for a helicopter to take aerial photos. How ironic.
posted by afx114
on Sep 23, 2001 -
During a severe Air Defence Emergency in the US a regulatory scheme known as 'SCATANA
' is automatically invoked to deal with the situation and minimise threats. The central provision of the plan is to 'disable navigation aids which the attackers might be relying on'. This didn't happen last Tuesday (FAA confirmed, NORAD refused comment). Could it have prevented the planes reaching their targets? Are there now serious grounds for concern regarding the implementation procedure of military provisions essential for preserving American airspace security? The Register appears to think so
posted by Kino
on Sep 17, 2001 -
US air space open again, sort of.
But the FAA later revealed that all foreign carriers -- except for Canadian airlines and planes diverted during the crisis -- were barred from landing here. US airlines, meanwhile, were allowed to bring in flights from overseas airports if they met the new airline security rules, which were being hidden from the public.
posted by krisjohn
on Sep 13, 2001 -
"Lawmakers [have been] told in classified briefings that additional attacks are 'possible if not probable'
and they should not assume a false sense of security. This message has been conveyed with a very deliberate and serious level of magnitude.
" I've been worried about this from the beginning. Who knows if there aren't more terrorists cooling their heels in some airport somewhere because the FAA grounded all the planes so fast? Or that they don't have some evil plan to freak us all out first, get us worked up into a "yeah, we're gonna get 'em!" frenzy, and then do something else just as bad to make us feel helpless?
posted by aaron
on Sep 12, 2001 -
FAA=The Keystone Cops?
What kind of legal fallout can we expect from this? Considering the kind of wealth onboard the doomed flight, how much of us little'uns safety is considered on a general basis? I went to the airport the other day to pick up my dad, and unlike the other times where I'm asked to "change the display" on my phone and my cigarette pack is opened, they now lazily let me pass. Is there really any FAA supervison? We all have stories. Anyone care to share? Links, theories, conspiracy theories, stories. Please tell.
posted by crasspastor
on Apr 2, 2001 -