New Year, new beginnings. But for a drone owner from Seattle, the beginning of 2017 probably wasn’t what he was hoping for. On New Year’s Eve, his drone was circling around the Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, when it crashed onto the platform. The case was reported to the police, and it seems they identified the drone owner. The police are still working on the case,and the City of Seattle could file charges. In this case, the owner may pay a fine and even end up in jail.
I hold a private pilot certificate, as well as a remote pilot certificate; I am also a photographer. I just wanted to share with you some advice from a budding pilot who comes from the much larger world of flying that is general aviation. I hope this helps you understand basic components of what us normal pilots deal with, while also helping you understand how we operate and how to avoid us. Understanding is critical to safety in many instances.
This is not intended to be a know all be all to flying drones in the States. Most of this information is supplemental, and, again, is intended to help you understand how airspace works, and to help you find what you are looking for. As with anything else, do your own research.
If there’s one place you shouldn’t be flying drones without permission, it’s over the Vatican.
Two Israeli tourists learned this the hard way when local police officers arrested them for flying a drone over Pope Francis’ residence to capture vacation photos of St. Peter’s Square and the Tiber River. This could very well be a significant step in how authorities are fighting illegal drones.[Read More…]