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Should United have used force to remove passenger from Chicago flight? An aviation law expert weighs in

Dee Thompson Apr. 14, 2017, 9:33am

The forced removal of a passenger from a flight in Chicago has caused a firestorm of debate over whether or not passengers can or should be forcibly removed from an airplane after they have boarded. A Chicago attorney who practices aviation law, with decades of experience as a lawyer and a pilot, says the airline acted within its rights to remove the passenger, but could have handled the situation better.

$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.

Eyes are on the skies as FAA fines SkyPan for airspace violations

Hoang Tran Oct. 14, 2015, 11:03am

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the largest civil penalty against an unmanned drone aircraft operator, SkyPan. The agency is fining SkyPan $1.9 million, claiming that between March 21, 2012, and Dec. 15, 2014, SkyPan conducted 65 unauthorized operations in the congested skies of heavily populated cities, including Chicago and New York.