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Chicago drone photographer pays FAA $200,000 over alleged airspace violations

Chicago drone photographer pays FAA $200,000 over alleged airspace violations

A pioneering Chicago aerial photography company has agreed to pay the Federal Aviation Administration $200,000 to settle charges it violated airspace regulations with its drones.

SkyPan International, which has been using drones for 20 years to shoot aerial views for proposed high-rise developments, had been facing a $1.9 million penalty for what the FAA said were 65 unauthorized drone flights in New York City and Chicago between 2012 and 2014.

Mark Segal, who launched SkyPan in 1988, agreed to the settlement Tuesday, ending a yearlong legal battle with the FAA that may have implications for the booming commercial drone industry.

"We've suffered enough and I just...

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