A Hollywood man recently pleaded guilty for recklessly flying a drone and hitting a police helicopter with it. This misdemeanor will land him up to a $250,000 fine, and a maximum of one year in federal prison.
There are people who make their own drones and they do quite an impressive job. But have you ever considered making a drone from pineapple leaves? Researchers in Malaysia did, and they did it in an attempt to reduce agricultural waste. These drones are not only eco-friendly, but they’re cheap, light, and they even look pretty nice, too.
A drone pilot from Philadelphia recently earned a massive $182,000 fine from the FAA. He allegedly broke multiple regulations over 26 separate flights over the course of only one year. Drone attorney Jonathan Rupprecht has analyzed the case and explains how it is even possible for the FAA to know when and how you’ve broken the rules.
When Josh Hug went to California’s Pacifica Beach to do some drone filming, little did he know that he would save a life. As he got his drone up in the air, he noticed someone lying on the beach, apparently unconscious. He left his controller and rushed to help, but his drone kept filming and the whole situation was caught on camera.
Aerial photos and videos are always fun as they give us a whole new perspective on things we thought we’ve seen from all angles. But why don’t we spice things up even more? In their latest video, guys from COOPHwill show you three ways to create trippy, mind-bending photos with your drone. They’re all pretty simple to create, all you’ll need is your trusty drone, Photoshop (or other post-processing software), and your imagination.
We’ve reported about crashes and near-crashes of drones and airplanes quite a few times. It has happened with both passenger planes and military jets, and it has now reportedly happened with Air Force One while Donald Trump and his family were on board. Reports from eyewitnesses note that they spotted a small object resembling a drone while the aircraft was making its final descent.
A drone video shared online has caused quite a stir over the past few days. It’s a drone footage showing the US Navy Blue Angels performing a flyover, with the drone flying way too close to the aircraft.
Hidden cameras have given us stunning footage of wildlife that we never would have seen otherwise. PBS has employed a pretty interesting one in the mountains of Mexico. It’s a tiny spy hummingbird that has infiltrated into the heart of a huge monarch butterfly swarm. It has filmed the incredible spectacle from up close, and it’s definitely not something you see every day.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in New York City is alarming. Because of this, there have reportedly been more mass burials on Hart Island than ever. Photographer George Steinmetz was recently documenting a burial ditch on Hart Island with his drone, which put him in legal trouble. His drone was confiscated by the police and he was issued a Desk Appearance Ticket.
On 1 April, Baltimore officials officially approved that this city’s police can use surveillance drones. Equipped with hi-res cameras, these drones would reportedly be used to spy on the citizens. As probably expected, this caused quite a stir. And now, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore police over the use of this invasive surveillance program.