FAA sued in Federal Court by model aircraft hobbyist


From Ars Technica:

According to the petition for review filed December 24, 2015 at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, John Taylor is a "model aircraft hobbyist" who owns "one or more small unmanned hobby aircraft" and intends on acquiring more. He does not describe himself as a drone owner in the brief, nor would he confirm himself as such in a conversation with Ars. However, a profile on DIYDrones.com corresponds to his name and location.

In the case, Taylor asks that the appellate court cancel the new registration system that began on December 21. Taylor argues that the new rule is in violation of Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which states that the agency may not create new rules if such model aircraft are "flown strictly for hobby or recreational use." If he is indeed a drone owner, then the suit would seem to turn on whether the courts consider drones and traditional model aircraft as distinct from one another.

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  • @Quadzimodo: DC DUG and DUGN had nothing to do with the Pocket Drone fiasco --- that was all Timothy's own venture, and he has not been involved in the DUG for more than a year and a half.

  • Christopher Vo - The last crowd funded campaign associated with the DC Area Drone User Group (DC DUG), the Drone User Group Network (DUGN) and founder Timothy Reuter was found to be highly deceptive and delivered an appalling outcome for all those generous enough to contribute. To quote this site's founder, who was himself an unfortunate backer, it was "disastrous".

    I would hope that people in this community are smarter than to "donate" anything to the organisation with which you are associated.

    Perhaps you should rattle your tin elsewhere.
  • FYI, the new donation page is http://fund.dcdrone.org

    We switched it away from Generosity.com because a lot of people wanted to donate by PayPal and were also having usability problems with the older site. Plus we wanted better flexibility to provide updates about the legal status of the cases.

  • Thanks. Donating.

  • The DC Drone Users Groups has started a generosity.com support page taking donations to support the legal expenses in this matter if any are interested in donating.


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    One to watch this, so do that....

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