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Phoenix Drone Photography, Aerial Photography


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Phoenix Drone Photography, Aerial Photography
Phoenix Drone Photography, Aerial Photography
Phoenix Drone Photography, Aerial Photography

Why would John Taylor, a middle aged insurance lawyer and a model aircraft enthusiast, want to sue the Federal Government?

Because he felt the FAA was abusing its power by making drone pilots register with the federal government before flying.

Here’s the short version of what happened:

  • In 2012 Congress and President Obama signed into law the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which provides that the FAA "may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft." 

  • The FAA announced in December 2015 that all model aircraft pilots would need to sign up with an online database in order to fly. That meant that anyone with an unmanned aerial vehicle weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds was required to pay a $5 fee and register with their names, home addresses and email addresses. That included hobbyists, or people who just flew for fun like Taylor.

  • John Taylor didn't care about the money, he cared about the Government overreach. This was a clear violation of a previously passed law. So, he sued the FAA, saying they didn't have a right to make this rule, and in an opinion on May 19, 2017, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed with him. 

Note: FAA rules, regulations, and guidelines for commercial drone flights are exempt from the 2012 law. That means commercial drone pilots DO need to register.

​Read more here.