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FAA fines Philadelphia drone pilot and Youtuber $184,500

FAA fines Philadelphia drone pilot and Youtuber $184,500

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has fined drone pilot Mikey from Philadelphia, better known as Youtube comedian PhillydroneLife, for $184,500 $182,004 in proposed civil penalties for the drone videos he live-streamed to Youtube. Yes, you read that correctly, $182,004 in fines.

Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the fines added up to $184,500. The exact amount is $182,004.00
Update 2: An earlier version of this article had Mikey’s name misspelled. It’s Mikey. Not Mickey.
Update 3: Mikey’s own explanation of the events. See the Youtube video below.

Editor’s note: DroneXL does not condone or support unsafe drone flying. All pilots should follow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone regulations at all times when flying in the U.S. As I pointed out in the article, I happen to know Mikey because we were on the same drone show once. I do not have access to all the information in this case to assess Mikey’s drone flights. It is a very unfortunate situation, that will hopefully get resolved in a reasonable way.

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Aerial highways, the future of drone deliveries? And, who should own them?

Aerial highways, the future of drone deliveries?

Will aerial highways become the way of the future when it comes to drone deliveries? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has teamed up with Airspace Link, Inc., a Detroit-based provider of drone-flight authorization and management solutions, and the city of Ontario, Calif. to create aerial highways for deliveries by drone, and other unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations.

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Gilbert police officers give drone pilot hard time for legal drone flight

Gilbert police officers give drone pilot hard time for legal drone flight

On September 24th, 2020, Mr. Gilbert Bystander (not his real name) was flying his drone near the intersection of South Gilbert Road and East Warner Road in Gilbert, Arizona. At this location, weekly BLM protests had been taking place in the wake of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor. Mr. Bystander was documenting the protests from a nearby location when he was approached by three officers from the Gilbert Police Department. As you can see in the video below, the Gilbert police officers give the drone pilot a hard time for what seems to be a legal drone flight.

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Drone security concerns and how to solve them

How to solve drone security concerns

Former Congressman Jeff Denham and Bill Shuster, also a former Congressman who served as chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2013 to 2019 that dealt with drones, published a very interesting op-ed on Morning Consult explaining how the current drone security concerns can be solved by looking at past Congressional successes.

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FAA declares Biden’s house a no-drone zone

FAA declares Biden's house a no-drone zone

A new flight advisory has been issued by the Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA) stating that the airspace over the hometown of presidential candidate and likely winner Joe Biden is now temporarily a no-drone-zone. The FAA issued the advisory for ‘special security reasons,’ but it doesn’t apply to aircraft arriving at or departing from the New Castle Airport closeby.

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New Jersey town aims to regulate airspace and restrict drones

New Jersey town aims to regulate airspace and restrict drones - DJI Mavic 2 firmware update increases range to 6 miles for both Pro and Zoom models

The New Jersey town of Westwood mistakenly aims to regulate the airspace below 400 feet and restrict the use of drones. Only the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can regulate airspace. Cities, towns, and villages can only restrict where drones can take off and land. For instance in city parks. Keep reading for all the details in this story, that will likely drive you up the wall.

Vic Moss, feel free to chip in here.

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The FAA’s Remote ID for Drones may be ready this year

The FAA's Remote ID for Drones may be ready this year

Steve Dickson, the FAA Administrator, said Wednesday during the virtual UAS Summit & Expo that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) might be able to launch Remote ID for Drones in December. The remote ID system, a fundamental component of the introduction of UAS into the national airspace, would allow a centralized system to identify UAS in the airspace in real-time.

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Beyond the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program

Beyond the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is wrapping up the UAS Integration Pilot Program this month. Today they held a special event to commemorate the drone program and to announce what will come next. The new program focuses on operating drones beyond-visual-line-of-sight and will be called BEYOND, announced Secretary of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao.

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