Category Archives: Jackassery/Miscreants

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

Drone used for Burglary Reconnaissance in Carletonville, Gauteng, South Africa.

Criminals in Carletonville have now devised a new plan to outwit observant residents and the police.
Mr Johan Coetzer, showed the Herald a shocking video of the new means that some criminals have now started using. According to him, he and his wife heard a buzzing sound in the air outside their home one evening.

‘We could see that our dog, who is very alert and was with us at the time, had heard it as well. We talked about it and decided it must have been the wind,’ he says.

It was only after some of their property disappeared from the family’s yard last Wednesday night, however, that the truth came to light. Coetzer says he immediately noticed that something was wrong when he walked out the front door on Thursday morning. After looking around, he noticed that a hose and lights that had been put up in their front yard were missing.

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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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Drone Pilot Banned from Kruger National Park for LIfe

A man’s decision to disobey the rules cost him dearly when he was banned from the Kruger National Park for life for operating a drone.

The guest, whose identity is not known, flew his drone over a troop of baboons earlier this month. Two visitors to the park, busy watching hippos at Nhlanganini Dam in the northern region, saw baboons going for a drink when the man nearby got out of his car and sent his drone up in the air to obtain video footage. When confronted, he claimed that he did not receive a memo warning of its illegality. The visitors took photos as proof and immediately reported it to the nearest camp, Letaba. As he was about to leave, he was greeted by the park’s protection services and the South Africa Police Service, laying in wait at the Phalaborwa Gate.

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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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Drone helps capture suspect after fight breaks out at adult entertainment club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

A 26-year-old Town of Geneva man was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges after fleeing from police following a fight at an adult entertainment club.

During the altercation, Bohot allegedly fled the scene into the city of Lake Geneva. Officers pursued Bohot until they lost him. A short time later, a City of Lake Geneva detective and sergeant used a drone and within minutes located Bohot using infrared imagery.

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