News Organizations File Brief Challenging FAA Drone Ban
May 7, 2014 at 3:55 AM (PT)
Several media groups are challenging the FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION's ban on the use of drones by journalists in a brief filed with the NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD in the case of a $10,000 fine levied on an aerial photographer, reports the ASSOCIATED PRESS.
The RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION (RTDNA), HEARST, SINCLAIR, TRIBUNE, COX MEDIA GROUP, GANNETT, GRAY TELEVISION, and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS joined THE NEW YORK TIMES, SCRIPPS MEDIA, MCCLATCHY, ADVANCE PUBLICATIONS, the WASHINGTON POST, the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, the NATIONAL PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION, and the REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS in urging that the full NTSB uphold an administrative law judge's MARCH decison that the FAA's fine was unenforceable because the agency has yet to issue regulations for commercial drone use.
The FAA is not presently granting drone permits to journalists and is sending warning letters to news organizations who have used the devices.