FAA appeals after NTSB Administrative Law Judge drone decision

FAA appeals after NTSB Administrative Law Judge drone decision

10-Mar-2014 Source: HeliHub.com

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice on Friday appealing a decision by an NTSB Administrative Law Judge in the civil penalty case, Huerta v. Pirker.  They announced that “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 agency is concerned that this decision could impact the safe operation of the national airspace system and the safety of people and property on the ground.”

This refers to a case where the FAA initially won a ruling against drone operator Raphael Pirker, which was overturned on Appeal on Thursday See full story.  Judge Patrick Geraghty of the National Transportation Safety Board, who heard the appeal of the $10,000 FAA fine against Pirker, ruled that there was “no enforceable FAA rule” or regulation that applied to a model aircraft such as the one Pirker was flying.  This is not an isolated case of Pirker using an unmanned helicopter in this way – and we have no knowledge of why the FAA picked on this particular case for their example lawsuit.

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