The FAA is crying foul at a Major League Baseball team. The Washington Nationals used a drone to take pictures of the team during spring training. Problem is they didn’t get permission. And commercial drone use is banned.

We didn’t get it cleared, but we don’t get our pop flies cleared either and those go higher than this thing did,” a team official told the Associated Press.

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Comment by AKRCGUY on March 18, 2014 at 7:48am

I love the coaches response...."We dont get our pop flies cleared either"...:)

Comment by Euan Ramsay on March 18, 2014 at 7:54am

Baseballs are more dangerous too - I know a guy who had his cheek bone broken by one.

Comment by Euan Ramsay on March 18, 2014 at 8:01am

Even if the commerical thing ever goes the FAA way, they need to define commercial a little better. Personally, I'd like to see it as "paid to fly", not "any activity that is directly or indirectly involved in flying a UAV that involves money changing hands, or whichever vague and intentionally misleading way we want to define commerical.".


Ie Fingers on sticks for cash = FAA commercial. Image processing back on the PC = plain old commercial, not FAA commercial. Do the flights for free, add the margin to "post processing".

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on March 18, 2014 at 8:22am


Comment by wbal57 on March 18, 2014 at 8:34am

FAA stops 5 US Presidents fun...

Comment by Toby Lankford on March 18, 2014 at 9:08am

They are just going to be ridiculous now.

Comment by AKRCGUY on March 18, 2014 at 10:14am

We've got planes landing on cars at airports but little league games are far more important-

Comment by Gary McCray on March 18, 2014 at 10:22am

The interesting thing with all of this is the fact that the FAA has done such a completely inept and irresponsible job of actually establishing legally eforceable regulations in the first place.

This really points to a methodology of bullying, basically saying that because we are the FAA we can say or do whatever we want by simply saying it you have to do it.

They seem to have no respect or consideration at all for the legal system which makes up the rules the rest of us have to live by.

They are composed of regulations, but they just haven't bothered at all to make any genuine legally backed regulations that cover the infractions they are claiming.

This whole mess is on the FAA, it is entirely their own fault and they are trying to get the courts to back their own stupid actions with no legal basis for doing so.

They are basically saying it isn't safe so we have decided they aren't allowed to do it - actual rules to come later, but you need to prosecute them now.

What complete garbage!

Comment by Flying Monkey on March 18, 2014 at 10:35am

Lol @ FAA

Seriously though, when are they going to start creating laws and regulations concerning these baseballs?  I mean, they're heavy and hard, could hurt someone, and once these "ball drones" get launched they're on a pre-programmed course!!  Sometimes pretty high, sometimes beyond line of sight (well, my eyesight sucks so...)!  And really, operating a baseball in close proximity to people, its reckless, the AMA would NOT approve!!!!


Comment by Pedals2Paddles on March 18, 2014 at 10:47am

1) I love the team's response. Classic. Thank you.

2) I think a federal judge might beg to differ with the FAA, again.

3) Thank god a commercial airliner flying inside the stadium didn't hit it....


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