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NTSB Ruling Strengthens FAA's Authority Over Drones

November 19, 2014, Law360

Covington's Brian Smith and Stephen Kiehl have authored this piece on the Federal Aviation Administration's regulations on drones.

"Individuals who operate drones are subject to Federal Aviation Administrationregulations that prohibit careless and reckless operation of an aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled on Nov. 18, 2014, in the closely watched case Huerta v. Pirker. The NTSB’s decision overturned an earlier ruling by an administrative law judge, who previously held that regulations addressing careless and reckless use of an “aircraft” did not apply to drones."

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