Category Archives: No Drone Zone

Areas where drones are prohibited, either temporarily or permanently.

Example of how the media can stoke the flames of anti-drone hysteria.

The headline of the article:  “Plane hits drone over Adelaide airport”

From the very first line in the article:  “A light plane has been damaged after hitting what’s thought to be a drone near Adelaide’s Parafield Airport.”

From the next sentence in the article: “when it was struck by an object”.

So which is it?  Did the plane hit an “object” or a drone?

So many problems with this ridiculously biased article.  It was struck by an “object”.  The plane was landing but the altitude at the time of the “strike” is not mentioned so, in theory, someone might have thrown a rock.  Or a bird could have flown into it which actually happens frequently unlike a drone-plane collision which I don’t believe has ever happened.  To my knowledge there is not a single documented incident of a drone/airplane collision.  One can imagine any number of other explanations for how the plane was “struck”.  Maybe it was a UFO.   To automatically presume that the “object” was a drone when there are other more likely possibilities is nothing more than trolling for readership by a failing newspaper industry.  Preying on fears among some of the public – think Chicken Little or Henny Penny.

I’m certainly not defending morons who ignore common sense and laws in the flying of drones.  Nor do I doubt that the day will come when there will be a drone/plane collision.  And I am in favor of reasonable rules/laws in the flying of drones.

Read the full article here.

Arizona leads nation in illegal drones flying over wildfires.

Arizona’s lengthy list of wildfires so far in 2017 has correlated with another unfortunate distinction. The Grand Canyon State also has seen the most number of illegal drone flights above those fires.

There have been seven recorded drone flights over wildfires this year.

Flying over forest fires is illegal because it causes dangerous flight risks for helicopters and airplanes fighting flames.

Gene Alan Carpenter of Prescott Valley pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Mayer Justice Court and remains free after posting a $25,000 bond for flying his drone over the Goodwin Fire on June 24, shortly after it began.

Read the full story here.

DJI has a battle on it’s hands. With hackers.

The tension between drone pilots who want complete control over their aircraft that they bought and DJI, the world’s biggest consumer grade drone maker, has come to a head. An arms race between hackers and the company is earnestly underway.

On YouTube, Facebook, drone forums, and Slack groups around the internet, hackers have published instructions for altering the firmware on DJI’s drones, leading to a rising number of drone pilots who have circumvented flight restrictions imposed by DJI on its products. In recent days the company has updated its software to render these hacks moot, and has started removing vulnerable versions of its firmware from its servers in an attempt to regain control of its drones.

Read the full story here.

South Carolina Inmate May Have Used Drone in Prison Escape

Authorities in South Carolina say they believe that Mr. Causey, who was captured Friday in Texas after fleeing from prison on Tuesday night, had used at least one cellphone and a drone to make his escape.

“We 100 percent know a cellphone was used or multiple cellphones were used while he was incarcerated, and we believe a drone was used to fly in the tools that allowed him to escape,”

Read the full story here.

The FAA wants to create a remote drone identification system.

It can be really hard to tell who is flying a drone, even if the aircraft is flying within a pilot’s line of sight. Just because you can see the drone doesn’t mean you can see the pilot, and when a drone is hundreds of feet in the air, the pilot could be anywhere.

The difficulty of identifying who is flying a drone has sparked alarm among law enforcement, which is one reason why the Federal Aviation Administration has opened a new rulemaking committee to try to find a solution that would allow police to identify drones remotely.

DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone maker, submitted a proposal that would require drones to transmit their location and registration number via radio equipment already aboard most drones.

Read the full story here.

 

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.

Read the full story here.

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