NTSB Holds That Unmanned and Model Aircraft Are "Aircraft" Subject to the FAA Regulatory Prohibition Against "Careless and Reckless" Operation, Reversing the ALJ's Decision in the Pirker Case

In March 2014, National Transportation Safety Board Administrative Law Judge Patrick G. Geraghty held that an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) used for commercial purposes to take photographs of the University of Virginia campus was not an "aircraft" under the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), but rather a "model aircraft." Therefore, based on this ruling, the UAS operator could not be found to have violated the FAR's prohibition against operating an aircraft "in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another" (91 C.F.R. § 91.13(a)). See FAA v. Pirker, Docket CP-217.

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