Drone operators … prepare to be fined!

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FAA is grounding all drone and sUAV activity used for commercial purposes, unless you have submitted and received the FAA Section 333 Exemption grant.


SHAKOPEE, Minn.June 16, 2015PRLog — “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” receiving revenue from the ads Google placed before the video played.

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’s within the law with most approvals in less than 80 days.

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.

About us:

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.


Stephen Gowdy, Chief Pilot
Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC

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5 Responses to Drone operators … prepare to be fined!

  1. Barry Sharp says:

    photographer looking to expand into aerial photography. Currently doing research on FAA requirements to tdo aerial photography

  2. Don Morrison says:

    Regulate abuse of technology, not its use! As a pilot, photographer, small business operator, and citizen, I strongly support responsible use of sUAV equipment. We have cars, boats, baseball bats, broomsticks, small arms, bicycles, bows and arrows, bowling balls, etc., which can all cause trouble if abused.

    Please support responsible citizens using common sense and limit irresponsible regulation by already too bnig government. Is this really a FREE COUNTRY? Let’s learn how to know and avoid dangerous airspace, large crowds or assemblies of people, and other risks. If we can create means to reduce any of the above dangers to acceptable levels, make safe operations possible.

    What if NBC’s cable, supporting it’s Superbowl camera broke? How about National Guard Helicopters rescuing highway crash victims in Flying Cloud Airport’s class D airspace? Make them operate at ground level? (Of course, they contact the tower, and other traffic is then grounded or re-routed). That kind of safety and priority system should make sense for sUAVs too. A life flight now takes precedence over other air traffic, followed by compassion flights, then, we should include search aircraft of all types, including sUAVs.

    They do need to operate with common sense and safety in mind, and with avoidance of contact with other aircraft. Contact with air traffic control may be needed, or limitation of where or when to fly. Class G airspace, where it exists, should not limit operation, other than avoidance of collision as with any aircraft. Low level operation, for any purpose, commercial or not should not be regulated except by common sense. Don’t throw your baeball at my car and I won’t plant weeds in your garden. There must be laws about that too, but I’ll just be a good neighbor.

  3. Steve says:

    The FAA has fined no one for commercial uav operations, meanwhile thousands use drones commercially every day. The FAA doesn’t have the legal authority to regulate commercial use.

  4. Julio says:

    I am trying to get certified 333excempt in California, but I want to know. How much is this going to cost me and is it a one time fee or does it has to be renewed?
    Please get back to me as soon as possible. I don’t want to go through an organization and it turns out that they just want my Money.

    • Ryan says:

      Hey bud its $1500 and it’s a one time fee. I would also look into liability ins. For commercial use or contact your home owners ins. To see if they cover it. I’m also in souther California and am a business owner for aerial photagraphy.
      Good luck

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