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Commercial drone legality on hold as FAA appeals court ruling


Unsurprisingly the Federal Aviation Administration disagrees with the decision by an administrative law judge yesterday to lift a six-year-old ban on the commercial use of small drones. Waiting on the NTSBs board 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 today. The original decision by administrative law judge Patrick Geraghty came amid the dismissal of a $10,000 fine from the FAA against Raphael Parker. That fine was given to Parker for filming on the University of Virginia campus as part of a project to take aerial photos and videos using the drone, something that was strictly prohibited by the agencys 2007 ban.

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