March 07, 2014      

Commercial drones, for now, are legal in U.S. skies.

Judge Patrick Geraghty of the National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has no authority over small unmanned aircrafts. Geraghty dismissed a $10,000 reckless flying fine levied by the FAA against Swiss drone operator Raphael Pirker, who used a camera drone to film at the University of Virginia.

The ruling effectively invalidates the FAA's 2007 ban on the use of commercial drones.

"At the time ...

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