SHAKOPEE, Minn. – June 16, 2015 – PRLog — “The FAA cease and desist letters and fines have begun!” says Stephen Gowdy, Chief Pilot at Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC.
The FAA has stepped up their efforts and issued fines and notices to cease and desist Drone/sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)/Quad Copter operations.
FAA UAV enforcement officers are making direct phone calls daily to companies and individuals who pose a medium to serious threat to the NAS (National Airspace System).
FAA UAV officials have shared with Mr. Gowdy, “Drone operators who are providing commercial services with their personal Drones and operating in a reckless manner are the most likely to be fined. Drone operators who do not have an FAA Exemption certification grant or who are operating without a FAA Private Pilot’s license will be given cease and desist letters and phone calls at a minimum,and should prepare to be fined.”
“We figure the operator gets the message once we call them and share the facts and sometimes they just hang up on us … we never hear from them again, we figure they got the message,” says an FAA official who requested to remain anonymous.
FAA recently settled a $10,000 fine, after many months in court Mr. Pirker, a University of Virginia, Professor, settled for a reduced $1,100 fine. Mr. Pirker flew his drone over the University of Virginia campus for commercial purposes without an FAA Exemption.
Cease and Desist letters to immediate stop drone operations from the FAA have been handed out to aerial video photographers, flower delivery companies, Universities, real estate agents and beer companies trying to deliver beer to fish houses in the winter.
The FAA has even sent a letter to stop posting drone videos on YouTube because the user was “Commercially”
Drone operators … Do not stay grounded!
Today, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC announces its Summary Grant Approval Process. Gowdy Brother’s helps companies gain FAA compliance and certification to operate their Drones/sUAV’
Gowdy Brothers Aerospace has reviewed every FAA Section 333 submission and compiled all of the data into a retrievable database, providing the specific exemptions and listing all of the approved exemptions numbers who have cleared the way for a summary grant approval process. The summary grant streamlines their client’s approval process.
Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC is a sUAV consulting firm assisting start-ups and existing businesses with Drone Business Development, FAA Certification, Drone Ground school and Practical Flight training with operations in Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Virginia and Washington, DC.
Jason Christenson, Senior VP, Operations