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Moron arrested in Israel after flying a Mavic Pro just 90ft from planes landing at Sde Dov Airport

A 20-year-old man has been arrested in Israel after flying a DJI drone near an airport – close to where aeroplanes were attempting to land on the runway – and then bragging about the feat on social media.

On Friday 14 July, Niv Stobenzki went to an outdoor bar about half a mile away from the Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv and launched his Mavic Pro drone into the air. He used the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to capture footage of commercial jet liners on the approach to the airport, just 90ft (27m) away.

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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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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.

Drone crashes through window of Kate Spade Soho boutique

A drone crashed through the window of a fancy Soho boutique Tuesday night, police said.

The remote-controlled flying device smashed through the glass and landed inside the Kate Spade shop on Broome St. near Mercer St. around 8:30 p.m.

The store was closed at the time and no one was injured, police said.

Investigators are working to find out who the drone belongs to. No arrests have been made.

State Police plan to use drones for Sail Boston security

Law enforcement agencies plan to use drones for aerial surveillance during Sail Boston, the Massachusetts State Police said Friday.

At least one drone will hover over Castle Island, and others near the event will be under the control of law enforcement, the statement said.

Members of the public are not allowed to fly drones over the event because of its proximity to Logan International Airport, police said.

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Federal Appeals Court Voids FAA Registration Rule For Model Aircraft

In a stunning David versus Goliath case, John A. Taylor, a model aircraft enthusiast and insurance lawyer, beat the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Justice in a case challenging the legality of a December 2015 FAA rule requiring model aircraft to register like manned aircraft.   The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FAA’s registration rule, as it applies to model aircraft, “directly violates [a] clear statutory prohibition.”

The statute that the Court refers to, and that Mr. Taylor relied on in his challenge, is Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.  That statute prohibited the FAA “from promulgating any rule or regulation regarding model aircraft.”

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The disruptive economics of unmanned vehicles are taking hold. Here’s how to think about the drone economy and your place in it.

Every morning at the construction site down the street from my office, the day starts with a familiar hum. It’s the sound of the regular drone scan, when a small black quadcopter flies itself over the site in perfect lines, as if on rails. The buzz overhead is now so familiar that workers no longer look up as the aircraft does its work. It’s just part of the job, as unremarkable as the crane that shares the air above the site. In the sheer normalness of this — a flying robot turned into just another piece of construction equipment — lies the real revolution.

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