Sunday, July 20, 2014

Desist Orders to Drone Pilots Are Bogus, Appeals Court Rules

Source: VICE Motherboard

... Texas Equusearch, a volunteer, nonprofit search-and-rescue ... the FAA sent the organization's drone pilot, Gene Robinson, a cease-and-desist email ... Three judges with the Washington DC Court of Appeals ruled that the FAA's email is a bogus order. 

"The email at issue is not a formal cease-and-desist letter representing the agency's final conclusion that an entity has violated the law," the judges wrote.
the FAA has never formally created any regulations banning the practice. Instead, it has relied on a few "policy statements" that the agency has suggested are legally enforceable in cease-and-desist letters like the one it sent to Texas Equusearch. 

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