Category Archives: No Drone Zone

Areas where drones are prohibited, either temporarily or permanently.

Man arrested after he wouldn’t stop flying drone over youth football game.

A man was arrested after flying his drone over a football field where a youth league game was taking place in Ledyard.

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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Drone temporarily halts a life flight rescue in Washington County, Utah.

According to the St. George News, a mountain biker on a trail was flown to the hospital after severely fracturing his leg.  A drone that was being flown in the area prevented the helicopter from reaching the injured man, according to reports.  The rider was inaccessible to fire trucks, forcing respondents to reach the injured man on foot.

“We couldn’t even get our UTV anywhere close to where the men were located, and it even took a while on the phone with the other rider to actually identify where they were even located,” St. George Fire Battalion Chief Robert Hooper said.

Paramedics on the scene determined that the injured man was unable to be moved, and decided to call Intermountain Life Flight.  Soon after calling the helicopter, respondents were tipped off that there was a drone in the area. As a result, they were forced to temporarily postpone the flight until the airspace was determined to be safe.

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British ‘zapper’ destroys 500 ISIS drones on the frontline in Iraq and Syria.

A British ‘zapper’ has helped American troops destroy at least 500 ISIS drones on the frontline in Iraq and Syria, it has emerged.

The zapper – a £1.5million Anti-UAV Defence System technology – can detect and jam drone signals, essentially taking control over the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the ability to send it crashing to the ground.

Using a combination of radar, radio jamming and video tracking and thermal software, the anti-drone technology has been implemented in Iraq and Syria to protect American bases from ISIS drones.

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Skyward Approved to Give Commercial Drone Operators Instant Access to Controlled Airspace with LAANC

Skyward, a Verizon company has been approved to give commercial drone operators instant access to controlled airspace with the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The program will roll out this fall at Cincinnati International Airport (CVG), Reno (RNO), San Jose (SJC), and Lincoln (LNK) among others.

LAANC will enable businesses to access airspace that previously required the submission of a manual request for authorization, and it will automate the approval process, reducing the wait time from months to seconds.

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DJI unveils UAV traffic tracking system

Aeroscope will operate on the 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz Wi-Fi bands and broadcast each drone’s “position, altitude, direction and speed, make and model, serial number, and any additional ID info that pilots wants to provide,” DJI’s policy veep Brendan Schulman told us this afternoon in Brussels. “Additional ID info” could include things such as the drone’s registration number, if that was a requirement, or contact details for the pilot if he wanted to include that.

Conceptually, the system will operate in the same manner as manned aviation TCAS (traffic collision and avoidance systems), albeit on Wi-Fi bands rather than the 1.3GHz frequency reserved for TCAS. This, DJI told us, is because its drones are already fitted with Wi-Fi radios and using those bands avoids the problem of a hardware upgrade across hundreds of thousands of customer devices.

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School says talking drone tries to lure kids.

Windemere Community Learning Center is a quiet, neighborhood school in Akron, Ohio but school officials are on alert after reports of a drone allegedly attempting to lure kids off school grounds.

“Three to four times, they have seen a drone up over the playground,” said principal Megan Lee-Wilfong.

According to Lee-Wilfong, the drone has been spotted by both kids and adults during the evenings and over this past weekend.

“They shared with me that this drone has some type of voice capability and that they were communicating with the kids that were up here playing, talking to them,” said Lee-Wilfong.

Lee-Wilfong says several witnesses have claimed the voice has even tried to get kids off the playground.

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Racehorse hit by drone in parade ring incident at Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

The drone was flying over the parade ring and briefly landed on the racehorse, St Killenagh, causing a commotion, after which the operator was approached by a delegation of senior Turf Club stewards.

Killarney racecourse manager Micheal Lucey has described the incident that led to Keith Watson’s runner St Killenagh being struck by a drone in the parade ring before he contested a handicap chase on Tuesday night as reckless.

“He was a tourist and I’m not sure he understood the gravity of what he was doing,” Lucey added. “But what happened was reckless, there’s no doubt about that.

“These things are small and easily disguised and brought into a racecourse. I’m not sure what protocols will have to be put in place to ensure they’re not there, but certainly advertising and signage to the effect that drones aren’t to be used and that prosecutions will follow if they are.”

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Farmer arrested after home-made drone forces high-speed train to make emergency stop

The incident in Luan county, Hebei province, China posed a serious threat to the safety of passengers on board the train, according to the Beijing Railway Police Bureau.

The authorities did not say how close the radio-controlled plane had been to the train. It was also unclear when the incident had happened.

The suspect was a farmer from a nearby village in Qinglong mountain, according to the report.

The man, who has not been named. built the aircraft at home and took it out for a test flight.

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Drones are Speeding Hurricane Harvey Response by 800%

All the commercial and residential properties that Hurricane Harvey has devastated will need to be rebuilt. A lot of the money needed for rebuilding will come out of the pockets of insurance companies.

The FAA has expedited approval for drone operators in Texas. By August 31st, the agency had provided clearance to 43 operators.

Insurance companies intend to take full advantage of drones. Over the next few weeks, hundreds of drones will make thousands of weekly trips to flooded areas to record the full extent of the damage done.

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