FAA PROPOSES CIVIL PENALTY AGAINST UAS OPERATOR

The FAA has proposed a civil penalty of $1.9 million against UAS operator SkyPan International for endangering airspace safety.  This is the largest civil penalty the FAA has proposed against an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operator to date.

The FAA alleged that SkyPan conducted 65 commercial unauthorized UAS flights involving aerial photography between March 2012 and December 2014.  The flights took place in New York City and Chicago.  The company flew 43 of the 65 flights in restricted New York Class B airspace without receiving air traffic control clearance to access the airspace.

The FAA further alleged that the aircraft used in all 65 flights lacked an airworthiness certificate, effective registration and that SkyPan did not have a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization for the flights.

If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Sahr (esahr@eckertseamans.com, 202-659-6622), Drew Derco (dderco@eckertseamans.com, 202-659-6665), or Reese Davidson (rdavidson@eckertseamans.com, 202-659-6633).

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