Category Archives: Legal

Regulation, restrictions, lawsuits, criminal prosecution

A Gold Coast man was caught flying his drone near a chopper at Sea World

The drone pilot said he didn’t expect his flying device would come close to the helicopter.

“It was pretty sketchy how close it got,” he said.

Footage has emerged of Kian Van Dewiel flying his drone at The Spit this afternoon and swarming several beach goers before the aerial toy hovers near a Sea World chopper.

van Dewiel could face hefty fines of up to $20,000 after flying his drone under a helicopter near Sea World.

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Arizona leads nation in illegal drones flying over wildfires.

Arizona’s lengthy list of wildfires so far in 2017 has correlated with another unfortunate distinction. The Grand Canyon State also has seen the most number of illegal drone flights above those fires.

There have been seven recorded drone flights over wildfires this year.

Flying over forest fires is illegal because it causes dangerous flight risks for helicopters and airplanes fighting flames.

Gene Alan Carpenter of Prescott Valley pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Mayer Justice Court and remains free after posting a $25,000 bond for flying his drone over the Goodwin Fire on June 24, shortly after it began.

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Homeland Security concerned about drone terror strikes in the U.S.

The Islamic State has made great strides developing and using drone technology to attack opposition forces in the Middle East.

A study by the RAND Corporation said the advantage that drones provide to terrorists “is not, therefore, in the destructive power that they can carry; rather, it is in the way they carry it and the distance from which they allow an adversary to control its delivery. The value of this advantage to an adversary and, as a result, the likely attractiveness of these systems will therefore be driven by the benefits of aerial attack in solving specific operational problems.”

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Tourist questioned for illegally flying drone over Ginza district in Japan

Flying of drones in unauthorized areas has become a growing problem in Japan. The National Police Agency said that in 2016, there were 31 reported cases of drones violating the Aviation Law.

Police were notified and went to the Ginza 4-chome crossing where they found the tourist with a drone control. Police said he admitted to flying the drone and quoted him as saying he wanted to see what Ginza looked like from a height.

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Crack squad of ‘drone-busters’ in Britain nails gang of crooks.

So far the squad has grounded drones and tracked down the owners, leading to 35 arrests and 11 convictions.
More than 225kg of drugs and 20,000 mobiles and sim cards were seized as part of the blitz launched last year.
Courts have so far handed out  sentences of more than 40 years imprisonment on drone operators.

DJI has a battle on it’s hands. With hackers.

The tension between drone pilots who want complete control over their aircraft that they bought and DJI, the world’s biggest consumer grade drone maker, has come to a head. An arms race between hackers and the company is earnestly underway.

On YouTube, Facebook, drone forums, and Slack groups around the internet, hackers have published instructions for altering the firmware on DJI’s drones, leading to a rising number of drone pilots who have circumvented flight restrictions imposed by DJI on its products. In recent days the company has updated its software to render these hacks moot, and has started removing vulnerable versions of its firmware from its servers in an attempt to regain control of its drones.

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The FAA wants to create a remote drone identification system.

It can be really hard to tell who is flying a drone, even if the aircraft is flying within a pilot’s line of sight. Just because you can see the drone doesn’t mean you can see the pilot, and when a drone is hundreds of feet in the air, the pilot could be anywhere.

The difficulty of identifying who is flying a drone has sparked alarm among law enforcement, which is one reason why the Federal Aviation Administration has opened a new rulemaking committee to try to find a solution that would allow police to identify drones remotely.

DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone maker, submitted a proposal that would require drones to transmit their location and registration number via radio equipment already aboard most drones.

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Man crashes drone, causes power outage, evacuation

A man triggered a power outage in Mountain View Thursday night when he crashed his drone into a high-voltage wire and caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage, officials said.

Police are now on the hunt for the man, who they say was flying the drone illegally. The power outage affected 1,600 people, according to the Mountain View Police Department.

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