The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has affirmed FAA’s authority to impose civil fines against commercial operators of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) engaging in “careless or reckless” flying. NTSB’s closely watched ruling aims to define the boundaries of FAA’s regulatory authority regarding unmanned aircraft as FAA works through the process of establishing rules for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national airspace. The ...

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