Category Archives: In the mainstream news

News reports published in the mainstream media.

Drone pilot is able to land and take off again from Royal Navy’s most advanced warship.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has been outmanoevred by a £300 drone which landed on the deck completely unchallenged.

The drone pilot, who wanted to remain anonymous, made the daring flight while the aircraft carrier was docked at Invergordon, Scotland in July.

He flew over the carrier before touching down on the four-acre deck and then taking off again unchecked.

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Once again the media blamed a drone. And once again, they were WRONG.

A light plane most likely hit a bat when coming in to land at Adelaide’s Parafield Airport and not a drone as first thought, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has said.

Earlier this month, a pilot reported hitting what he thought was a drone when landing at the airport in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

“After landing, the instructor conducted an inspection of the aircraft and found minor damage to the right wing,”

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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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