FAA Makes Case For Authority Over Civilian Drone Pilots

Law360, New York (November 5, 2013, 5:34 PM EST) -- The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday defended its case against a model airplane operator accused of flying recklessly while photographing the University of Virginia campus, saying that civilian drones are not outside its jurisdiction nor are their pilots exempt from its rules.

Responding to Raphael Pirker's motion to dismiss the administrative case, the FAA argued that commercial unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, clearly fall within the scope of Section 91.13 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, which prohibits careless or reckless aircraft operation that could endanger life or...
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