Federal Reserves are going to court in Portland to fine HobbyKing for selling unauthorised drone transmitters

Federal Reserves are going to court in Portland to fine HobbyKing for selling unauthorised drone tra ...

The US government filed a civil action in a federal court in Portland to sue HobbyKing for allegedly selling and selling unauthorised communication equipment for drones.

HobbyKing was marketed to U.S. customers by at least 65 different audio visual transmitters that were not certified by the federal agency and would not have a legitimate amateur radio use.

According to the civil complaint, the requirement to be certified ensures that radio frequency equipment does not interfere with federal government actions. The Federal Aviation Administration said five of the 65 models "created a threat to public safety."

The federal regulatory commission found that drone transmitters were intended for drone enthusiasts rather than for radio enthusiasts.

According to the complaint, the Federal Communications Commission issued a letter on November 1, seeking full payment of the fine within 30 days. The amount remains unpaid.

The government is looking for $2.8 million for HobbyKing's violations and $39,278 for the company's refusal to respond to commissioner's orders, plus interest.

The company has argued to federal regulators that there are no marketing guidelines that address "versatile" drone equipment capable of both amateur and non-amateur frequencies, and that it had no notice that its marketing was unlawful.

According to court records, responding to the agency would violate its Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The amount of the fine should be reduced because of the company's inability to pay.

The Federal Communications Commission ruled out the company's arguments, saying that its rules prohibit the commercialization of radio frequency devices unless the devices have first been labeled and authorized in line with the commission's guidelines.

HobbyKing is the trade name of several companies based in the United States, including ABC Fulfillment Services and Indubitably, Inc., as well as a Hong Kong-based company, Hextronik. All of the companies are affiliated with Anthony Hand.

According to the complaint, the principal business location in Portland is the company founded in Oregon.

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