Category Archives: Jackassery/Miscreants

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

Man arrested after he wouldn’t stop flying drone over youth football game.

A man was arrested after flying his drone over a football field where a youth league game was taking place in Ledyard.

Police arrested 31-year-old Daquawn Knight after officers asked him to stop flying the drone, and he refused. Police were called to the field after youth football officials asked him to stop flying it.

The youth football game was stopped as the drone flew overhead.

Knight was arrested after safely landing the drone.

Read the full story here.

 

Flaming French drone targets anti-Trump art

Shia LaBeouf’s artistic protest against US President Donald Trump has been attacked by a flaming drone in western France where it went on display this month.

The project, which features a white flag with the words “He Will Not Divide Us” filmed round-the-clock by a camera, has already moved several times because of security problems.

Now installed above an art gallery in an old biscuit factory in the French city of Nantes, the flag came under attack overnight Tuesday-Wednesday by a drone, which attempted for several minutes to set it on fire.

The remotely-piloted arson attempt failed when the drone crashed.

Read the full story here.

Drone temporarily halts a life flight rescue in Washington County, Utah.

According to the St. George News, a mountain biker on a trail was flown to the hospital after severely fracturing his leg.  A drone that was being flown in the area prevented the helicopter from reaching the injured man, according to reports.  The rider was inaccessible to fire trucks, forcing respondents to reach the injured man on foot.

“We couldn’t even get our UTV anywhere close to where the men were located, and it even took a while on the phone with the other rider to actually identify where they were even located,” St. George Fire Battalion Chief Robert Hooper said.

Paramedics on the scene determined that the injured man was unable to be moved, and decided to call Intermountain Life Flight.  Soon after calling the helicopter, respondents were tipped off that there was a drone in the area. As a result, they were forced to temporarily postpone the flight until the airspace was determined to be safe.

Read the full story here.

British ‘zapper’ destroys 500 ISIS drones on the frontline in Iraq and Syria.

A British ‘zapper’ has helped American troops destroy at least 500 ISIS drones on the frontline in Iraq and Syria, it has emerged.

The zapper – a £1.5million Anti-UAV Defence System technology – can detect and jam drone signals, essentially taking control over the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the ability to send it crashing to the ground.

Using a combination of radar, radio jamming and video tracking and thermal software, the anti-drone technology has been implemented in Iraq and Syria to protect American bases from ISIS drones.

Read the full story here.

The FAA wants a system that automatically clears drones near airports.

Controllers get calls when drone pilots want approval to fly within 5 miles of an airport — and with an average of 250 reported close encounters per month, it’s clear that some aren’t even bothering with the formalities. The FAA has clearly had enough of this, as it recently made an emergency request to bypass the usual regulations and use an automate system to approve drone flights in restricted airspace. Instead of waiting 2-3 months for clearance (or calling in at the last possible moment), you could get the A-OK within 5 minutes.

Read the full story here.

Drone destroyed and £1500 fine for illegal drone operation in Guernsey.

Dane Wicks (27) had a flyaway in Guernsey that left him out of pocket and without a drone. Guernsey is an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy, France.

Mr Wicks pleaded guilty yesterday to using a surveillance drone within 150 metres of a congested area on 21st May 2017. That congested area was Guernsey Airport, and within 50 metres of a structure not under his control, that structure, a hanger owned by Aiglle Flight Support.

His flyaway ended up next to a parked VIP jet.

The judge fined Mr Wicks £1500 ($1975) and ordered that his drone is destroyed.

Read the full story here.

School says talking drone tries to lure kids.

Windemere Community Learning Center is a quiet, neighborhood school in Akron, Ohio but school officials are on alert after reports of a drone allegedly attempting to lure kids off school grounds.

“Three to four times, they have seen a drone up over the playground,” said principal Megan Lee-Wilfong.

According to Lee-Wilfong, the drone has been spotted by both kids and adults during the evenings and over this past weekend.

“They shared with me that this drone has some type of voice capability and that they were communicating with the kids that were up here playing, talking to them,” said Lee-Wilfong.

Lee-Wilfong says several witnesses have claimed the voice has even tried to get kids off the playground.

Read the full story here.

Pilot of drone which hit an Army UH-60 helicopter east of Staten Island, New York has been found.

At approximately 7:20 p.m. Sept. 21, the drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, and the helicopter collided.  The Army helicopter sustained damage to its main rotor blade, window frame and transmission deck.  A motor and arm from a small drone, identified as a DJI Phantom 4, were recovered from the helicopter. The NTSB was notified of the incident Sept. 22 and began its investigation that day. In the following days investigators were able to identify and subsequently interview the drone operator. The drone operator also provided flight data logs for the incident flight.

Read the full story here.