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Late last week, drone pilot Raphael Pirker and his lawyer Brendan Schulman won the first-ever case regarding commercial use of unmanned aircraft, with a federal judge dismissing the FAA’s handing of a $10,000 fine to Pirker for flying his unmanned five-foot fixed-wing aircraft over the University of Virginia to record video at the request of the university.

You can read Schulman’s letter detailing the case in Make V37 or online here.

Schulman visited with MAKE at SXSW to discuss the case and the landmark decision, its implications for other pilots, and what the future of drone flight and regulation may hold. Watch and let us know your feelings in the comments below.

Mike Senese

Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine. He is also a TV host, starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It.

An avid maker, Mike spends his spare time tinkering with remote-control aircraft, doing amateur woodworking, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza.

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