A National Transportation Safety Board Judge has dismissed a $10,000 fine levied by the Federal Aviation Administration against a man who used a drone to shoot a promotional video.
Raphael Pirker was accused of reckless flying by the FAA for using a model airplane to shoot a video for the University of Virginia in October 2011.
Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled the FAA has no authority over small unmanned aircraft.
“This has very significant implications for companies that have been eager to proceed with commercial applications for UAS technologies,” Pirker’s attorney Brendan Schulman told Bloomberg.
The decision is a setback for the FAA, which has held that U.S. commercial drone flights are prohibited until it writes rules governing their use. “We are reviewing the decision,” the agency said in an e-mailed statement. It has the option to appeal. Read more