U.S. Regulators Cracking Down on Unauthorized Drone Flights

The FAA proposed yesterday to fine Chicago-based aerial-photography firm SkyPan International “$1.9 million in connection with allegedly flying drones in restricted airspace above New York and Chicago 65 times from March 2012 through December 2014, including 43 flights near New York’s large airports,” reports The Wall Street Journal. This figure dramatically surpasses the $18,700 that was previously the FAA’s largest fine issued for unauthorized drone flights. As the use of drones continues to surge, the FAA “has stepped up a public campaign to keep drone users away from high-profile events like the Super Bowl and the papal visit.”