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For those who have not seen this yet.  The fine was negotiated but bear in mind it was sort of a barter deal.  They traded off making PSA's.  Folks don't realize that the NYC area is HIGHLY controlled airspace and FAA has a very large staff in the area as well. Know your airspace!

 

For Immediate Release

January 17, 2017
Contact: Laura Brown (laura.j.brown@faa.gov) / Les Dorr (les.dorr@faa.gov) 
Phone: 202-359-3680 or 202-267-3461 


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with SkyPan International, Inc., of Chicago. The agreement resolves enforcement cases that alleged the company operated unmanned aircraft (UAS) in congested airspace over New York City and Chicago, and violated airspace regulations and aircraft operating rules.

Under the terms of the agreement, SkyPan will pay a $200,000 civil penalty. The company also agrees to pay an additional $150,000 if it violates Federal Aviation Regulations in the next year, and $150,000 more if it fails to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement.

SkyPan also agrees to work with the FAA to release three public service announcements in the next 12 months to support the FAA’s public outreach campaigns that encourage drone operators to learn and comply with UAS regulations.

The agreement settles enforcement cases involving a $1.9 million civil penalty that the FAA proposed against SkyPan International, Inc. of Chicago in October 2015. It is the largest civil penalty the agency has proposed against a UAS operator.

Edited by Ed O'Grady
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