While the Federal Aviation Administration has until next year to come up with rules that govern the use of drones in the National Airspace System there’s no denying the fact that drones have already taken to the skies. Available for a couple of hundred dollars, with models offering better altitude and range costing thousands, its fairly easy for anyone to get their hands on a drone.
This means that inevitably there would be a situation where someone lands in trouble even when they think they aren’t doing anything wrong. That’s exactly what happened to Wilkins Mendoza and Remy Castro who were arrested for flying a DJI Phantom 2 drone too close to a New York Police helicopter.
- Drone nearly hits NYPD helicopter; 2 men arrested (nydailynews.com)
- Two Arrested For Causing NYPD Helicopter To Almost Collide Into Operating Drones (jpupdates.com)
- Amateur Drone Pilots Arrested for Flying Too Close to NYPD Chopper (smashflare.com)
- NYPD chopper nearly collides with 2 drones, report says (nj.com)
- NYPD: Drone came within 800 feet of chopper (stltoday.com)
- NYPD: Drone came within 800 feet of chopper (journalstar.com)
- Two Arrested After Their Drone Allegedly Gets Too Close To Police Chopper (onenewspage.us)
- NYPD cautions the use of drones (pix11.com)
- NYPD Chopper Nearly Struck by Drone: Police (nbcmiami.com)