The Drone Slayer – Drones & Trespassing

In July 2015, William Merideth was cited for criminal mischief and wanton endangerment after shooting down a drone hovering in his “backyard.”  Merideth told police that he shot the drone because he did not know if the drone was operated by “a predator looking at my children.” Bullitt County Judge Rebecca Ward cleared Mr. Merideth of first-degree endangerment and criminal … [Read more…]

Drones – Smugglers & Drunken Larks

Seems drones are in the news more than ever.  A recent U.S. drone strike killed two suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen this week, which is the first attack since U.S.-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said he was resigning, leaving Yemen in a state of political chaos.  Meanwhile, here in the United States, a … [Read more…]

Federal Aviation Administration Settles Case with Raphael Pirker

Raphael Pirker, a videographer who was fined $10,000 by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) in 2011 for for illegally operating the his five-pound drone for commercial purposes and operating it in a “wreckless manner,” just settled with the FAA for $1,100.  Pirker’s original case was dismissed by an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) with the National … [Read more…]