U.S. Government Takes Action Against Reckless Flying Philly Drone Life in Philadelphia

A Sky-High Legal Battle: United States vs. Philly Drone Life

In a move underscoring the serious implications of drone misuse, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of has initiated legal proceedings against South Philadelphia resident Michael DiCiurcio, better known as Philly Drone Life. This case highlights the growing concerns over the safe operation of drones, a technology that has become increasingly popular but also poses significant risks if not managed responsibly.


The Heart of the Matter

Michael DiCiurcio stands accused of operating drones in a manner that blatantly disregards Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, outlines a series of incidents from December 2019 to the present, painting a worrying picture of repeated and dangerous violations.

DiCiurcio's alleged misconduct includes flying drones at night and dangerously close to notable landmarks such as the William Penn Statue, PSFS Building, and Liberty One Building. In one particularly alarming incident, a drone nearly collided with a church steeple.

Further allegations detail flights in controlled airspace near Philadelphia International , over people and vehicles, and instances of losing control of the drones, leading to unguided flights over the city.

Despite receiving written warnings, counseling, and from the FAA aimed at correcting his behavior, DiCiurcio purportedly continued to flout the rules. His actions have prompted the U.S. Attorney's Office to seek substantial civil penalties and an injunction to halt any further illegal drone operations.

U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating, “Failing to adhere to the safety requirements for flying drones endangers people and property.” She further highlighted the responsibility of all drone operators to comply with regulations and guidance, affirming her office's commitment to enforcing FAA regulations vigorously.

Echoing this sentiment, Deputy FAA Administrator Katie Thomson remarked on the agency's dual approach to education and enforcement.

“We work hard to educate people about safely flying their drones, and we don't hesitate to take strong enforcement action when pilots deliberately flout the rules,” Thomson declared.

A Call for Compliance and Safety

This lawsuit serves as a stark reminder of the importance of responsible drone operation. As drones become an ever-more common feature in our skies, adhering to established safety guidelines is paramount to protect people, property, and the integrity of airspace. The case against DiCiurcio not only seeks to penalize past indiscretions but also aims to deter future violations, ensuring that the skies remain safe for everyone.

Through this action, the is sending a clear message: safety and compliance are not optional. As the case progresses, it will undoubtedly serve as a cautionary tale for drone operators nationwide, emphasizing the serious consequences of neglecting FAA regulations.

Remember this when Philly Drone Life was slapped with sky-high fines a few years ago?

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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