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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.