Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney used drone at his wedding — violating Federal Aviation Administration rules

Parker Gyokeres, owner of Propellerheads Aerial Photography, who operated the drone at Maloney's wedding, and was paid by Maloney's videographer, acknowledged in an interview Monday the "FAA has straight banned everyone from flying."

But Gyokeres distinguished between federal law and FAA interpretation.

"There are no laws that prohibit the use of multicopters for photography," he said.

Prior to wedding, the Gyokeres and Maloney briefly discussed the murky legality of drone use and lack of clear federal policy, a source said. Maloney mentioned that he sits on the subcommittee overseeing the FAA but didn't want to discuss policy on his wedding day, according to the source.


Parker Gyokeres

In addition to being the owner, vehicle builder and pilot at Propellerheads, Parker Gyokeres is an active duty U.S. Air Force Photojournalist and the current Chief of Public Affairs for the 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Gyokeres has 22 years of worldwide expeditionary experience, to include three deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. He has been active in remote control flight for ten years and has extensive experience with the construction and operation of both multicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.