Sunday, July 20, 2014

Desist Orders to Drone Pilots Are Bogus, Appeals Court Rules

Source: VICE Motherboard

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... 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.
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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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