SkyPan levied historic fines by FAA

SkyPan, both through its business operations and its negotiations with the federal government, helped clear the air after a decades-long fog of regulatory confusion in the drone world.  If you are active in urban architecture, midrise or highrise development, aerial photography, real estate marketing, or the commercial drone industry, please consider contributing to an advance scout that has helped make your business a more viable and rewarding one. 

All contributions are greatly appreciated. 

Long before “drones” were the passion of millions of hobbyist and professionals, Mark Segal was pioneering the use of robotic single rotor mini-helicopters to create aerial panoramas used by architects and developers in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City.  Mark started SkyPan International in 1988 and since then his 360 degree aerial imagery has won acclaim from architects and builders around the world.  Mark Segal’s SkyPan has been a longtime member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), aerial photography and drone associations and national real estate development associations.  The 30-year SkyPan operational record on safety, privacy, and security is spotless.

In its regulatory approach to drones during the 1990s and early 2000s, the U.S. Government lagged behind realities on the ground and in the air, as drone photography innovators achieved new milestones in digital imagery highly valued by many industries, including the real estate, architecture, and construction fields that employ millions of Americans.  SkyPan was among the drone operators actively working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help develop its new rules, and was granted an FAA waiver in 2015 to continue its drone operations in service to business, BUT the FAA then singled out SkyPan for a $1.9 million fine, by far the highest civil enforcement claim ever proposed in a drone enforcement action. SkyPan stands on its 30-year record of protecting public and private property, safety, and security and is proud of helping to forge the new U.S. regulatory framework for drone operations.  

Your contribution will help to meet the remaining $100,000 in fines which SkyPan must pay the FAA by yearend 2019.  SkyPan’s  legal response to the FAA, led by a team of attorneys from Akin Gump, ended in a 2017 settlement with the FAA negotiating the $1.9 million fine down to $200,000. SkyPan, has currently paid half the settlement, but due to market challenges SkyPan is asking for your support to help pay the balance. 

SkyPan is an original American enterprise.  Mark Segal is committed to keeping SkyPan in the front ranks of drone photography innovators that serve a vital economic sector with a unique product.  With your help, SkyPan International will discharge in full its civil obligation to the federal government and will continue to provide its esteemed clients the means to accelerate their projects and enrich their communities by tapping SkyPan’s invaluable services.  Thank you.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Rachel Gigliotti 
Chicago, IL
Mark Segal 
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