Melbourne-based photographer Simon Pollock was landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday when he looked out his window and spotted a DJI camera drone flying just a small distance away.
“Drones. All fun and games until you’re looking out your window on approach to LAX and you spot a Phantom just out your window (yeah a few hundred feet, but imagine if it… well…),” writes Pollock in a Facebook post. “Some people are utterly stupid.”
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.
The drones program, designed to connect state and local governments with industry stakeholders, will allow county governments to determine local rules and regulations that will best fit their communities.
Through the program, the FAA plans to gather data that can assist in future rulemaking to ensure safe integration of drones into the national airspace.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
“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.