An Earth-shaking piece of news hit the drone community on Thursday night. A National Transportation Safety Board judge dismissed a fine that the Federal Aviation Administration had levied against the pilot of a commercial drone. The FAA has no legal authority over small aircraft, the judge said.
Whoa, now. The FAA is the agency that's writing the rule book on domestic drones. They're also the ones that effectively banned the use of commercial drones in U.S. airspace until those rules are written. That's supposed to be in 2015, but many experts agree that the FAA won't actually get its act together before 2020 or so. So, if a judge says that the FAA lacks the authority to ban commercial drones, that must mean that commercial drones are finally legal... Right?