Thursday, December 24, 2020
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an $182,000 high quality to a drone pilot for a number of (continued) violations of Half 107 -at least 26 violations to be extra exact. Between December 2019 and August 2020, the drone pilot flew his drone round Philadelphia in violation of FAA rules, generally violating multiple a part of the rules throughout a single flight. Earlier than issuing the high quality, the FAA despatched a warning letter in October 2019. In November 2019, the FAA supplied the drone pilot with counseling and training relating to necessities for secure drone operations.
The drone pilot put quite a lot of movies on YouTube displaying screenshots of the bottom management station that has all kinds of issues like altitude, the drone’s distance from the pilot, the drone’s location on a map, path of flight, and different data. The FAA was ready to make use of these movies to prosecute this particular person.
Half 107 requires operators to acquire an authorization for Class B, C, D, or E2 managed airspace. All authorizations are completed via the FAA’s Drone Zone portal or via LAANC. If there are not any authorizations via these means in Philadelphia on the time of the video footage, then the FAA is aware of that the drone pilot didn’t fly in accordance with Half 107. Moreover, accordingly to the FAA the drone pilot additionally dedicated the next violations:
Drone flights at night time, “in heavy fog” and “whereas it was raining,” “whereas it was snowing,” and “throughout robust winds.” (Half 107 prohibits night time flying and flying with visibility lower than three statute miles).
A number of drone flights that have been very near a number of buildings and buildings. (Half 107 doesn’t let you trigger undue hazard to folks’s property if a lack of management have been to occur for any motive throughout the drone operation).
A few of the flights have been over the Philadelphia downtown space over shifting autos and other people. (Half 107 prohibits flying over folks and, as famous above, prohibits inflicting undue hazard to folks on the bottom).
The drone pilot didn’t have a distant pilot certification.
Total, the FAA alleges that the pilot violated 12 Half 17 rules over 26 completely different flights, with every subsection of Half 107 a separate violation. The lesson right here -follow Half 107, know the foundations and function safely. Comfortable flying.
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