Category Archives: Jackassery/Miscreants

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

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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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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