Saturday, May 3, 2014

Small drone operation within Class B Airspace May Lead to Civil Money Penalty

 The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Assessment of two civil money penalties to David Zablidowsky, the New York drone operator who suffered a downtown Manhattan crash last year.

Here is a link to the notice.


There were two charges,  the broader being that Zablidowsky operated the drone in a careless or reckless manner, endangering the life or property of another, in violation of 14 CFR 91.13(a). Here is a link to the regulation.

The second charge was that the drone was operated within restricted airspace, leading to discussion that drones may not be operated over major cites. See FAA Now Says Flying a Drone in Most Major Cities Is Illegal