FAA DRONE CASE 2014SW000004

By | November 17, 2021

ORDER OF ASSESSMENT

You were advised through a Notice of Proposed Assessment, dated December 3, 2014, that the FAA proposed to assess a civil penalty in the amount of $2,200.00.

After considering all the evidence presently a part of this proceeding, including the information presented by you, and pursuant to the settlement agreement reached between you and agency counsel, the Administrator has determined that:

COUNT 1

1. On or about June 8, 2014, you were the pilot-in-command of a DJI Phantom Vision2 remotely piloted quadcopter, model PV331, serial number PH645220562, (Aircraft 1) in the vicinity of AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

2. Aircraft 1 referenced above is an Unmanned Aircraft as defined in Section 331 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-95) (FMRA).

3. You lost control of Aircraft 1 and it subsequently crashed onto the roof of AT&T Stadium.

4. You did not operate Aircraft 1 within visual line of sight.

5. As a result of your operation as described above, Aircraft 1 became-lodged on top of the dome of AT&T Stadium.

6 You operated. Aircraft 1 within approximately 5 miles of Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (KGPM}, in Grand Prairie, Texas, without providing the airport operator and the airport Air Traffic Control tower prior notice of your operation.

COUNTII

7. On or about June’8, 2014, you launched a second remotely piloted Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) (Aircraft 2) after crashing Aircraft 1 referenced in paragraph 1onto the roof of AT&T Stadium.

8. You.operatedAircraft2 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Class B airspace without obtaining the required clearance from Air Traffic Control.

9. You operated Aircraft 2 over and around AT&T Stadium.

10. You operated Aircraft 2 over Globe Life Park Baseball Stadium in Arlington, Texas, while spectators were present in the stands.

11. At the time of the flight, a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM),issued by the FAA, was in effect restricting aircraft operations in the airspace within a 3 nautical mile radius from. the center of Globe Life Park Baseball Stadium and 2,500’feet above the surface.

12 You operated Aircraft 2 over the Six Flags Over Texas theme park when people were on rides and in the park during operating hours.

13. You operated Aircraft 2 over the Hurricane Harbor waterpark when people were on rides and in the park during operating hours.

14. You operated Aircraft 2 directly over Reunion Tower in the Central Business District (CBD) of downtown Dallas at an altitude of approximately 575 feet.

15. You operated Aircraft 2 over downtown Dallas within approximately miles of the Dallas CBD Vertiport (49T), in Dallas, Texas, without providing the airport operator prior notice of your operation.

16. Aircraft 2 was not flown within visual line of sight.

17. Your operations, as described in Count I and Count H, endangered the National Airspace System.

18. Your operations, as described in Count and Count II, constituted careless or reckless conduct so as to endanger the life or property of another.

By reason of the foregoing, on two occasions you violated 14 C.F.R..§ 91,13(a), which states that no person may operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another.

THEREFORE,IT IS ORDERED under 49 U.S.C. § 46301, that you are assessed a civil penalty in the amount of $1,000.00,

This amount was reduced from the proposed assessment of $2,200.00 in accordance with the settlement agreement reached between you and agency counsel.

You are ordered to pay the assessed amount in accordance with the terms of your promissory note, dated and signed June 16, 2015.

We also accept payment by credit card or a bank account debit over the-Internet.. To pay electronically, visit the web site at http//www.pay.gov; Under the Search Public Forms option, type in “FSW-FINEI.” Click on “FAA Civil Penalty Payments- FAA Southwest Region.” You must then complete the requested information and click “Continue.” You will then be directed to enter your credit card or bank account debit information. To use the bank account debit, you will need your bank routing number, account number, and check number.

For questions regarding electronic payments, please contact the FAA Accounts Receivable at 1-405-954-1296. Delinquent debts may be reported to consumer reporting agencies or commercial credit bureaus, which could adversely affect your credit rating. Non payment of this debt may ultimately result in a referral to a collection agency, the Treasury Department, or the United
States Department of Justice for enforced collection.

ERIC E. ANDERSON
Regional Counsel
Southwest Region

Casey. Miller
Attorney
Safety Enforcement Branch
Federal Aviation Administration
2601 Meacham Blvd., 663
Fort Worth, TX 76137
Phone: 817/222-5046
FAX: 817/222-5945
E-mail: [email protected]