Federal Appeals Court: The FAA’s Registration Rule Violates Section 336
John A. Taylor beats the FAA in Federal Appeals Court and voids the FAA registration for drones and model aircraft.
Is This The End of Meaningless Hobby FAA Registration?
According to the article, The FAA’s Registration Rule Violates Section 336, published on RC Groups, the FAA is in hot water. John A. Taylor, along with members of RC Groups, made all of us aware of a major case filed by Taylor on March 14th, 2017. In his case, he challenged the FAA’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration. Taylor, a Maryland attorney, successfully argued that section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 expressly prohibits any further regulation, including registration, of model aircraft.
Today, the Federal Appeals Court of the District of Columbia rules that drone and hobby model aircraft registration did violate the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (section 336), and rendered it void. This is a huge victory for hobby model aircraft pilots that were forced to comply with FAA regulations or face stiff penalties. Is this the end of this dark chapter in model aviation? One would hope, but given the FAA propensity of fighting hobby model aircraft and their pilots, the Federal Aviation Administration may retaliate in some manner; let’s hope that doesn’t happen. But for now, join us in celebrating a David versus Goliath-style victory for model aviation!