US government drags HobbyKing to court for not paying $2.8M fine
HobbyKing, a retail site that develops and sources radio control (RC) products for aviation enthusiasts and FPV drone pilots, is being sued by the United States of America after the company failed to pay nearly $3 million in fines for marketing unauthorized drone transmitters.
HobbyKing was slapped with a $2,861,128 fine by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) back in 2020 for importing and marketing 65 models of drone TV transmitting equipment without proper FCC authorization.
Twelve of these models were also equipped to operate in restricted frequency bands that are typically reserved for federal uses such as the FAA’s critical air traffic control transponder radar systems.
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All in all, the FCC investigated HobbyKing’s equipment marketing for two years before concluding that not only did the online retailer long market non-compliant devices, but it was also “intentionally”…