Category Archives: No Drone Zone

Areas where drones are prohibited, either temporarily or permanently.

Drone hits Chinese toddler, causing facial injury. Owner fled the park where it struck the boy.

Pictures show the boy with a large gash several centimeters long across his face, from the right of his nose to the top of his left eyebrow.

He was given seven stitches, according to a report by Beijing Morning Post. Police said they were investigating a 14-year-old expat, it said.

Eyewitnesses said the drone’s owner had blond hair and left the park after it hit Chengcheng, stated website The Beijinger, which said recently installed CCTV cameras were not recording at the time.

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Some of the Ways Criminals are using Drones.

Nefarious use of drones is likely to get worse before it gets better, according to officials.

  • Counter surveillance of law enforcement agents is the fastest-growing way that organized criminals are using drones.
  • Some criminal organizations have begun to use drones as part of witness intimidation schemes: they continuously surveil police departments and precincts in order to see “who is going in and out of the facility and who might be co-operating with police,”
  • Criminal crews are using drones to observe bigger target facilities, spot security gaps, and determine patterns of life: where the security guards go and when.
  • Criminal groups have begun have used drones as part of elaborate smuggling schemes,
  • Criminal networks were using drones to watch Border Patrol officers, identify their gaps in coverage, and exploit them.

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Drone sparks 335-acre wildfire north of Flagstaff, Arizona

A “personal drone” burst into flames Tuesday afternoon, sparking a wildfire that quickly grew to more than 300 acres in northern Arizona, officials said.

The Kendrick Fire, southeast of Kendrick Park and northwest of Flagstaff, started about 12:35 p.m. and quickly blackened about 335 acres of grass before crews stopped its spread, Coconino National Forest spokesman George Jozens said.

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Frenchman arrested for flying drone over residence of Cambodian Prime Minister in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district.

The French drone pilot, Pierre Michel Breckler, was arrested when he flew his Mavic Pro over the residence of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen last Wednesday. Police in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district arrested the Frenchman when he was flying his unmanned aerial vehicle in Chamtomok commune near Koh Pich bridge.

On Thursday the district police chief Huon Chan Yaran confirmed that the drone pilot was arrested for using the aircraft to capture footage of prohibited areas without permission.

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Close Call With Drone Flying Illegally Left Glider No Room to Take Evasive Action.

A drone flying above the recommended height near an airfield “endangered” aircraft, passing close to a glider.

The gilder pilot reported that the drone came within 20-50m (65-164ft) of their aircraft on their approach to Dunstable, Bedfordshire, at a height of 550ft (168m) on New Year’s Day.

The UK Airprox Board said had the drone been on a “collision course” the glider would have been unlikely to respond.

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2 Americans, 2 Ukrainians arrested in Serbia over drone

Two U.S. and two Ukrainian citizens have been arrested in Serbia for trying to photograph the military security headquarters in downtown Belgrade with a drone.

A Serbian state TV report Monday did not identify the four or give details, saying only that the two Ukrainians are women and that they are all in police custody.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Sunday mentioned the arrest of a “group” of foreigners, but added that their case is “nothing especially serious.”

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Charleston, South Carolina helicopter crash blamed on drone.

Federal authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that happened Wednesday near the southern tip of Daniel Island.

A Robinson R22 helicopter struck a tree and crash-landed Wednesday afternoon, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen.

The instructor told police he was giving a lesson to a student pilot at approximately 3:30 p.m. While the student was practicing “low impact and hover taxi maneuvers” above undeveloped land on Daniel Island, they turned and saw a white “DJI Phantom quad-copter” drone headed into their airspace, the report states.

Police say the instructor took controls of the helicopter to avoid the drone and while attempting to land, the helicopter’s tail rudder struck a small tree, causing him to lose control of the helicopter.

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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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