Category Archives: Legal

Regulation, restrictions, lawsuits, criminal prosecution

Trains delayed after moron gets stuck retrieving drone next to tracks

Trains are delayed from Brighton today – because firefighters had to rescue a man who fell down the embankment by Brighton Station when attempting to retrieve his drone.

The drama unfolded just after 3.30pm when the man climbed over the wall at Howard Place, Brighton to retrieve his drone after getting it stuck in a tree.

He climbed down the wall to retrieve his drone, however he then got stuck and could not climb up or down the wall.

The fire and rescue team were called to assist, and they asked Network Rail to turn the power off to the track while they rescued him.

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Drone operators could be fined $25K for Bridge stunts.

A group of drone operators whose stunts over the Alex Fraser Bridge sparked two separate investigations last month is facing a potential fine of up to $25,000, CTV News has learned.

Members of Rotor Riot sent a drone zooming up and down the towers of the busy crossing back in October, then uploaded the video to their YouTube page.

Both the Delta Police Department and Transport Canada launched investigations into the stunts, and on Friday the group said it is facing a stiff penalty in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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Congress Poised to Restore Drone Registration Tossed by Court

The government’s registration system for owners of civilian drones would be restored in a defense policy bill agreed to by House and Senate negotiators.

The measure boosting aviation regulators’ ability to regulate the burgeoning world of small unmanned vehicles was contained in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, a bipartisan compromise that is likely to be passed by both chambers.

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Canadian Hiker pleads guilty to using drone in Adirondacks High Peaks Wilderness

A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to operating a drone in the High Peaks Wilderness in the Adirondacks, according to the Adirondack Explorer.

Keven Descheneaux, of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, violated environmental conservation regulations. A forest ranger ticketed Descheneaux on June 17 for flying a drone near the ranger’s outpost in the Johns Brook valley.

The Adirondack Explorer reports that Descheneaux is the first to be convicted of operating a drone in the Forest Preserve.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is currently working on drone regulations for the Forest Preserve, however, Descheneaux violated state laws that already prohibits any unauthorized person to operate a motorized equipment in wilderness, primitive, primitive bicycle corridor and canoe areas within the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.

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Man arrested after he wouldn’t stop flying drone over youth football game.

A man was arrested after flying his drone over a football field where a youth league game was taking place in Ledyard.

Police arrested 31-year-old Daquawn Knight after officers asked him to stop flying the drone, and he refused. Police were called to the field after youth football officials asked him to stop flying it.

The youth football game was stopped as the drone flew overhead.

Knight was arrested after safely landing the drone.

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Know Before You Go. Myanmar charges foreign journalists, others for flying drone.

Myanmar authorities have charged two foreign journalists, a local freelancer who works as an interpreter and their driver for allegedly flying drones illegally over and around the government’s parliament buildings, police said Sunday.

Mok Choy Lin, a Malaysian, and Lau Hon Meng, a Singaporean, journalists for Turkish Radio and Television, were detained along with their local interpreter and freelance journalist Aung Naing Soe after flying drones over the parliament building on Friday, police said.

The four were charged under the Export and Import Law and face up to three years in prison if found guilty, police said, adding that a trial would begin at the end of a 15-day remand.

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Amazon’s Dream of Drone Deliveries Get Closer With Trump’s Executive Order

Drone deliveries got a step closer to reality as the White House issued an order giving local governments more authority to conduct tests of the burgeoning new technology.

 President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order designed to speed the approval of drone flights over crowds and for longer distances. The administration says it wants to open new commercial uses for the aircraft and create jobs.

“In order to maintain American leadership in this emerging industry here at home, our country needs a regulatory framework that encourages innovation while insuring airspace safety,” Michael Kratsios, a deputy assistant to the president at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, said in a briefing with reporters.

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The FAA wants a system that automatically clears drones near airports.

Controllers get calls when drone pilots want approval to fly within 5 miles of an airport — and with an average of 250 reported close encounters per month, it’s clear that some aren’t even bothering with the formalities. The FAA has clearly had enough of this, as it recently made an emergency request to bypass the usual regulations and use an automate system to approve drone flights in restricted airspace. Instead of waiting 2-3 months for clearance (or calling in at the last possible moment), you could get the A-OK within 5 minutes.

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