Category Archives: Anti-drone Hysteria

Federal Judge Overturns City Drone Ordinance In First Ruling Of Its Kind

The City of Newton, MA, like many state and local governments, thought it could regulate drone flights in the airspace over its city limits.  It passed a law this past December that sought to ban unmanned aircraft flights below 400 feet, flights over private and public property without the landowner’s permission and to require local registration of drones.  A federal judge in Massachusetts ruled today that the City of Newton was wrong : it does not have that authority because it is preempted by the federal government.

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DJI Developing No-Internet Mode

DJI Technology, the maker of popular consumer drones including its Phantom line, is developing a new offline mode that it says will help it sell to privacy-conscious enterprise and government customers.

The move comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Army ordered its staff to stop using the Chinese manufacturer’s drones due to “cyber vulnerabilities.”

The company’s pilot app connects to its servers to do things like updating maps and real-time information about flight restrictions that exist in certain areas. However, this connection may put off buyers who have high security requirements around their drone usage.

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Once again the media blamed a drone. And once again, they were WRONG.

A light plane most likely hit a bat when coming in to land at Adelaide’s Parafield Airport and not a drone as first thought, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has said.

Earlier this month, a pilot reported hitting what he thought was a drone when landing at the airport in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

“After landing, the instructor conducted an inspection of the aircraft and found minor damage to the right wing,”

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Example of how the media can stoke the flames of anti-drone hysteria.

The headline of the article:  “Plane hits drone over Adelaide airport”

From the very first line in the article:  “A light plane has been damaged after hitting what’s thought to be a drone near Adelaide’s Parafield Airport.”

From the next sentence in the article: “when it was struck by an object”.

So which is it?  Did the plane hit an “object” or a drone?

So many problems with this ridiculously biased article.  It was struck by an “object”.  The plane was landing but the altitude at the time of the “strike” is not mentioned so, in theory, someone might have thrown a rock.  Or a bird could have flown into it which actually happens frequently unlike a drone-plane collision which I don’t believe has ever happened.  To my knowledge there is not a single documented incident of a drone/airplane collision.  One can imagine any number of other explanations for how the plane was “struck”.  Maybe it was a UFO.   To automatically presume that the “object” was a drone when there are other more likely possibilities is nothing more than trolling for readership by a failing newspaper industry.  Preying on fears among some of the public – think Chicken Little or Henny Penny.

I’m certainly not defending morons who ignore common sense and laws in the flying of drones.  Nor do I doubt that the day will come when there will be a drone/plane collision.  And I am in favor of reasonable rules/laws in the flying of drones.

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Los Angeles Fire Department using drones.

The Los Angeles City Council cleared the way Friday for the fire department to start using drones during its efforts in fighting fires and responding to other emergencies, although it will need to seek a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration first.

Drones operated by municipalities have proved to be controversial. The Los Angeles Police Department received two donated drones in 2014 but has dropped any current plans to deploy them due to public objections.

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“If it had hit someone, it could have killed them”. Well, that’s an exaggeration isn’t it?

“It had been flying low, buzzing over our heads and around the beach for about 40 minutes before it crashed. We think it came from South Sands – there was a large group of people on a balcony there. We were gobsmacked. It was scary. If it had hit someone, it could have killed them.”

Martin explained: “We were paddling around the rocks between North Sands and South Sands when a drone appeared, spoiling the tranquility of the evening.

“When we came back to North Sands, there were five or six people in the water. We suddenly heard a scream as the drone fell out of the sky, landing in the middle of the group, only five feet from the swimmers. They were incredibly lucky not to have been hurt.

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Nude sunbathers say perverts on yacht used drone to peep on them

Seven young girls from Spain filed a police report saying they were recorded by a drone while basking naked on the deck of a boat in Mallorca.

According to the complaint, several Spanish outlets reported, they were spending their Saturday catching up on a boat owned by one of them – five of them sunbathing naked on the deck – when they noticed a drone buzzing around. At one point, the complaint reportedly states, the drone came “right on top” of the girls and kept changing positions, all the while with the red recording light on.

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