Category Archives: Jackassery/Miscreants

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

Surveillance Drone catches trainer Brian Sylvia secretly medicating harness racing horse.

The disturbing video shows Sylvia rip the tube from the horse’s nasal passage, causing it to recoil as it hits its nose.

Despite being caught in the act, Sylvia lied and protested his innocence right up to the day of his HRV disciplinary hearing in September.

He was given a 15-month disqualification and fined $2000 after pleading guilty to five charges including giving false evidence and failing to produce the horse for drug testing.

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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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Drone view of Bomb Disposal Unit in action at Merrionette Park in Chicago.

A bomb squad descended on a Merrionette Park strip mall Wednesday night after a person threw a “beeping” device inside a tobacco shop, police said. Authorities appeared to blow up whatever the device was later in the evening.

A Merrionette police detective told NBC 5 an “unknown male” threw “a device that was emitting a beeping sound” in Tobacco City about 5:33 p.m. near 115th Street and Kedzie Avenue.

The scene included a flashing drone that was scouting the storefronts of the strip mall and officers in thick, armored bomb-disposal suits.

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‘Predator’ Vision Drones Get Artificial Intelligence to Spot Poachers

Poachers illegally hunting elephants and rhinoceroses under cover of darkness may soon find themselves being tracked by “Predator” vision drones armed with artificial intelligence. The new AI system that enables surveillance drones to automatically detect both humans and animals could help conservation experts and rangers protect endangered wildlife starting in 2018.

A wildlife conservation group called Air Shepherd has already tested the AI system in a field demonstration and hopes to eventually expand such operations to various national parks in Africa.

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Drones reportedly used in Colorado manhunt for suspect who killed officer.

Drones are reportedly flying over a Colorado neighborhood to assist in the manhunt for suspects in the Wednesday night killing of an Adams County sheriff’s deputy, a report said.

The drone was spotted over a neighborhood near the shooting, a KDVR reporter at the scene tweeted. The drones were “extremely discreet,” the reporter’s tweet read.

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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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