Drone Versus Airplane: A Dangerous Mix…

So, I suppose that I’m expected to join the ranks of those who are condemning the flight of a drone over Las Vegas, during which an airliner on final approach is seen passing beneath the drone, in the video that was shot by the drone.  Ok, I hereby condemn this idiotic act.

That sounds rather flippant, you say?  Well, as far as I’m concerned, this act is so obviously reckless, and plain stupid, that I don’t think that I really need to add my voice to the mix.  I do think that the FAA should investigate and then identify this person.  Then, this “pilot” should be punished.  Severely.  With jail time.  After the perpetrator is punished, the Government should announce this to the world, as a reminder that this type of behavior is intolerable.

 

Commercial versus recreational drone flying…

“If I am flying for my own pleasure, and I later sell the video or photographs that I took; does that mean that the flight, was in fact, a commercial flight?”  This is a question that many people have asked.

The rules are connected with the UAS operator’s intentions at the time of the flight.  

Therefore, a drone operator who does not hold a Commercial UAS Certificate, can sell his or her footage and/or photographs after the fact, if the flight itself was conducted for recreational purposes.