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$200K deal to end FAA action vs commercial drone operator Skypan delivers message to other drone users

Cheyenne Dickerson Jan. 25, 2017, 4:25pm

Skypan International, an aerial photography company based in Chicago, has agreed to pay a fine of $200,000 to end an enforcement action brought by the Federal Aviation Administration. But while the deal saved the company nearly $1.7 million compared to the fine the FAA had initially sought, the case should send a message to drone operators of all kinds that the FAA is serious about enforcing its rules on private and commercial drone operation, said a Chicago attorney.

Ruling highlights double standard of protection for elected officials in IL over defamation claims

Andrew Burger Jul. 29, 2016, 5:42pm

A recent appellate court ruling highlights the special status state law confers on those who hold elected public office, and use that office to level claims against opponents and critics - even if those assertions may be considered defamatory if they had been uttered by a private citizen.

FAA: Privately owned drone aircraft must be registered before they are flown

Emma Gallimore Jan. 16, 2016, 12:34pm

The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring that privately owned drone aircraft weighing up to 55 pounds be registered before they are flown.