• Home
  • News
  • Model Aircraft Hobbyists Sue FAA Administrator Over Fees, Data Storage

Model Aircraft Hobbyists Sue FAA Administrator Over Fees, Data Storage

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) head Michael P. Huerta is, in his official capacity, the defendant in a proposed class action lawsuit alleging the FAA, despite a directive ordering the contrary, has been “exacting money and personal data illegally” from model aircraft hobbyists expressly exempted by Congress from FAA regulatory oversight.

The alleged violations of the federal Little Tucker Act stem from the FAA’s requirement for hobbyists to register certain model aircrafts used for recreational purposes with the agency. The 10-page case seeks to require the FAA to:

  • Refund the $5 registration fee paid by every proposed class member
  • Destroy all records pertaining to each proposed class member
  • Remove any reference to each proposed class member’s registration
  • Cover all litigation costs and attorneys’ fees

The complaint cites a May 19, 2017 ruling from the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia vacating the FAA’s 2015 registration rule. Despite this, that same day the FAA issued a press release saying it would continue its model aircraft registration program. 

Those covered by the lawsuit include all model aircraft owners who registered their device(s) with the FAA.

Before commenting, please review our comment policy.

Stop H.R. 985

A reckless new bill represents an unprecedented threat to consumer rights, essentially gutting class action and mass tort litigation. Congress has tried to ram it through without us noticing. Read more about the implications of this bill, and contact your members of Congress to protect your rights.

Blog Categories

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

New cases and investigations, settlement deadlines, and news - straight to your inbox.

About ClassAction.org

ClassAction.org is a group of online professionals (designers, programmers and writers) with years of experience in the legal industry. We work closely with class action and mass tort attorneys across the country and help with investigations into corporate wrongdoing.