Category Archives: Jackassery/Miscreants

Morons whose stupid or illegal drone activities will lead to over-regulation for the rest of us.

Russian military bases attacked by swarm of home-made drone bombers.

The Russian Ministry of Defence claims its forces in Syria were attacked a week ago by a swarm of home-made drones – the first time such a coordinated assault has been reported in a military action.

While photographs of the improvised UAVs used in the assault make the drones look clunky and strung together, the Russians’ analysis reveals they were armed with explosives and launched from a site more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) distant from their targets, navigating the trek via GPS and altitude-control sensors.

The Ministry says a technical examination indicates these drones would have an effective attacking range of about 100 kilometres (62 miles) – which is pretty terrifying – and means that in the new era of UAV warfare, locations that once may have seemed immune to attack, are in fact exposed.

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Photo Shows Drone WAY TOO NEAR Plane Landing in Los Angeles, California

Melbourne-based photographer Simon Pollock was landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday when he looked out his window and spotted a DJI camera drone flying just a small distance away.

“Drones. All fun and games until you’re looking out your window on approach to LAX and you spot a Phantom just out your window (yeah a few hundred feet, but imagine if it… well…),” writes Pollock in a Facebook post. “Some people are utterly stupid.”

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Drone Tracker Alarm Alerts Staff to Drug-Carrying Drone at Autry State Prison, Georgia

On December 4 at 11:53 p.m., the DroneTracker alarm, a newly piloted system, at Autry State Prison (SP) sounded. While there was no sighting of a drone by staff; an inner and outer sweep of the facility was conducted and officers recovered two packages containing a large amount of marijuana left behind by the drone.

“As we continue to remain diligent at preventing contraband from entering our facilities, technological devices like the Drone Tracker assist us in our efforts,” said Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier. “Even though contraband drops are becoming more and more creative, the dedication of our officers has remained steadfast in their fight to against contraband.”

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Simulations of what happens when a drone collides with an airliner.

Drones inflict more damage than birds of the same size when they hit a plane, simulations show.

Drones that collide with planes cause more damage than birds of the same size because of their solid motors, batteries and other parts, a study released by the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday found.

The study’s researchers say aircraft-manufacturing standards designed for bird strikes aren’t appropriate for ensuring planes can withstand collisions with drones. The FAA said it will depend on drone makers to help develop technology to detect and avoid planes.

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Trains delayed after moron gets stuck retrieving drone next to tracks

Trains are delayed from Brighton today – because firefighters had to rescue a man who fell down the embankment by Brighton Station when attempting to retrieve his drone.

The drama unfolded just after 3.30pm when the man climbed over the wall at Howard Place, Brighton to retrieve his drone after getting it stuck in a tree.

He climbed down the wall to retrieve his drone, however he then got stuck and could not climb up or down the wall.

The fire and rescue team were called to assist, and they asked Network Rail to turn the power off to the track while they rescued him.

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This is what a bomb-carrying drone looked like after it was shot down.

Turkish security forces seized a bomb-laden drone reportedly made by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the eastern province of Ağrı on Nov. 11.

The drone was seized in the Mount Tendürek area between Ağrı’s Doğubayazıt district and the eastern province of Van’s Çaldıran district during counter-terrorism operations, according to the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) statement.

The bomb-laden drone, which is used as an air attack method by Islamic State, Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants in Iraq and Syria, was reportedly seen used in a plot by the PKK for the first time.

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Drone strikes passenger jet.

In a chilling incident in Argentina, a drone hit a passenger plane on approach as it was flying over Tierra Santa religious theme park in Buenos Aires. The jet landed safely.

An Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737-800, flying from Trelew, northeastern Patagonia, was struck by a drone during the final landing approach to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery Airport, La Capital reports. At the time of the accident, the plane was flying over the Tierra Santa theme park.

While the Boeing landed safely, the captain of the aircraft notified the tower that a major incident was averted, after the drone struck below the window on the commander’s side of the aircraft.

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Drone operators could be fined $25K for Bridge stunts.

A group of drone operators whose stunts over the Alex Fraser Bridge sparked two separate investigations last month is facing a potential fine of up to $25,000, CTV News has learned.

Members of Rotor Riot sent a drone zooming up and down the towers of the busy crossing back in October, then uploaded the video to their YouTube page.

Both the Delta Police Department and Transport Canada launched investigations into the stunts, and on Friday the group said it is facing a stiff penalty in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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