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FAA Appeals Court Decision Allowing Commercial Drone Flight



The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is pushing back at a major federal court decision from Thursday that ruled the agency did not have the right to fine a commercial photographer for flying a commercial drone

“The FAA is appealing the decision of an NTSB Administrative Law Judge to the full National Transportation Safety Board, which has the effect of staying the decision until the Board rules,” the FAA said in a statement released one day after the ruling

News photographers, surveyors and nearly any company interested in using drones for commercial purposes rejoiced following the ruling that promised to unlock the skies to a myriad of new commercial ventures. Until Thursday, most would-be commercial drone users were expecting to wait until 2015 — when the FAA plans to release new guidelines for commercial drone use — for a legal framework allowing commercial drone flights Read more…

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