FAA’s regulations restrict flying the drones above the military bases. However, if you dare to do it anyway, you should know that you’ll most likely be left without your aircraft. The latest directive from Pentagon allows the military to seize or shoot down the drones that fly over the base. What’s more, the directive refers to both personal and commercial drones that are deemed a threat.
As Military Times reports, the new policy was classified and transmitted to the services in July. This month, each of the services received unclassified guidance on how to communicate this new policy to local communities. Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said that the actions against potentially threatening drones include “disabling, destroying or tracking.”
Even though the military concerns are reasonable and expected, there are some problems that can emerge from this policy. In some cases, it’s not clear who owns the airspace. As an example, Military Times points out that the military may keep the weapons in the underground silos. They lease the land for this from the farmers, who use the rest of the area for crops or livestock and use drones to check on them.
Because of the unclear cases like this, Mr. Davis points out that the military will deal with the drones differently based “upon the specific circumstances.” However, there’s no word on the criteria they’ll use to determine what to do with the drone. Still, I can guess that the flight over a military base won’t be a pleasant experience either for you or for your pricey drone, so it’s definitely better to avoid it.