FAA v Pirker settles

The FAA enforcement action against Mr. Pirker for flying his UAS at University of Virginia is practically legend in UAS circles. Today he and the FAA settled the case for $1,100.  It is well short of the $10,000 fine and Mr. Pirker is not admitting guilt.  His company, Team Blacksheep, but out a press release today.  The amended Order of Assessment is posted as well.

In other news:

In bizarre story, a man was sentenced to 15 years in jail for attempting to smuggle in goods to a South Carolina prison with a UAS.  The sentence was 10 years for smuggling in contraband to a prison and 5 years for possession of marijuana.  I don’t think anyone will argue this was an acceptable use of UAS.

The Wurdack Research Center at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) received a COA to perform agricultural research.  They also have a Flickr Site with some good photos.

University of Missouri Pine Savannah
University of Missouri Pine Savannah

On the military side, DARPA has issued a Special Notice regarding early-stage meetings for technological research into pack drones.  Essentially, they want to develop systems so that multiple drones can work collaboratively through one operator – like a pack of wolves. I’m not sure what I think about this – it brings back thoughts of the Terminator and 1984, but it is a natural step forward in R&D.