Category Archives: Legal

Regulation, restrictions, lawsuits, criminal prosecution

Surveillance Drone catches trainer Brian Sylvia secretly medicating harness racing horse.

The disturbing video shows Sylvia rip the tube from the horse’s nasal passage, causing it to recoil as it hits its nose.

Despite being caught in the act, Sylvia lied and protested his innocence right up to the day of his HRV disciplinary hearing in September.

He was given a 15-month disqualification and fined $2000 after pleading guilty to five charges including giving false evidence and failing to produce the horse for drug testing.

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The Jig is Up. FAA Investigating Video of Drone Flying Dangerously Close to Airliner

The video, originally posted to a drone enthusiast Facebook group by someone called James Jayo Older who describes himself as a Las Vegas high school student, shows the drone quickly climbing to an altitude of at least 1,000 feet mere seconds before a Frontier Airlines Airbus A320 flies under it. Drones are restricted to heights of no more than 400 feet, but a custom-built racing drone like the one many drone enthusiasts suspect was involved in the Las Vegas incident would not be restricted by “geo-fencing” algorithms build into consumer drones.

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Photo Shows Drone WAY TOO NEAR Plane Landing in Los Angeles, California

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.”

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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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