Charges Dismissed for Kentucky Drone Slayer

Here is what happens when someone shoots down a drone, a risky act.

When [a] Kentucky man realized a drone was hovering above his daughter while she sun bathed in the backyard he made what seems to be a perfectly rational decision… He shot it down. […] The police arrested the homeowner soon afterward. Read more at:

The Kentucky “Drone Slayer”

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An important reminder for anyone is to never ever shoot down a drone, for whatever reason you have. Why?

According to the FAA “regardless of the situation, shooting at any aircraft — including unmanned aircraft — poses a significant safety hazard. An unmanned aircraft hit by gunfire could crash, causing damage to persons or property on the ground, or it could collide with other objects in the air. ” Read more at:

The judge in the case, however, found that William H. Merideth had done nothing wrong, and has dismissed all charges.Read more at:

So this development raises the question of airspace rights. The ruling now means the lingering question as to whether American federal law recognizes the concept of aerial trespass will have to wait for another day, according to a report by Ars Technica.

Senior US District Judge Thomas B. Russell was effectively asked to rule whether the flight over Merideth’s property constituted aerial trespassing — a decision that could’ve arguably set a precedent for any similar cases in the future. Though airspace is under federal regulation, Russell reasoned that as the foundation of the case was a claim for damages, it was a matter for Kentucky state law. Read more at:

The Kentucky drone shooting is not an isolated incident, and though shooting of a drone is illegal, one lawmaker has passed a bill to protect people who destroy drones flying over their property.

It should be clear that “drones do not just trespass by themselves; it is their owners/operators who do,” according to James Davis of The Droneologist. Drones are not to be the target of lawmakers or people who want their privacy respecte. Instead, erring drone users or owners should be made to answer for their failure to follow regulations. They give drones a bad impression through their recklessness, so put the emerging drone industry at risk as well.

Concerned that the increasing popularity of drones could threaten public safety, San Diego officials plan to join a small group of cities across the nation trying to crack down on irresponsible users. […] The proposed legislation mirrors drone regulations created by the Federal Aviation Administration, in contrast to some other cities that have gone beyond the FAA rules in trying to protect privacy rights.Read more at:

For those offering drone photography services, such as real estate marketers, there are guidelines to follow.

For recreational users, they have to know these rules well to avoid endangering others’ properties and lives.



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