July 18th, 2014
Jason Koebler over at Motherboard.vice.com reported that today three judges with the Washington DC Court of Appeals ruled that, “…Flying drones for search-and-rescue purposes is legal, and all the cease-and-desist orders the government has sent drone pilots are bogus, an appeals court judge ruled today… In other words, because the FAA’s letters to the group (and to all the companies flying drones) don’t actually say what the punishment for disobeying the agency is, they are null-and-void. And because there’s no actual regulation that the FAA can lean on to spell out a punishment.” Read Jason’s complete article here.
Note that this decision is the result of the Texas Equusearch suit filed in February and don’t confuse it with the Pirker v FAA appeal that is still pending. The obvious similarities between these two cases is that all the judges that have made rulings in these two cases apparently don’t believe there is any actual regulations for small RCMA (Remote Control Model Aircraft).