The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a fine of $1.9 million—the largest civil penalty ever against a drone company—to punish an aerial photography firm that took pictures above Chicago and New York.
According to the FAA’s allegations, SkyPan International flew 65 “unauthorized operations” between March 2012 and December 2014. Of those, approximately two-thirds were in the New York Class B airspace, the highly congested areas over the city.
“Flying unmanned aircraft in violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations is illegal and can be dangerous,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a Tuesday statement. “We have the safest airspace in the world, and everyone who uses it must understand and observe our comprehensive set of rules and regulations.”