Even got the Future Farmers of America (FFA) involved? :smile:I had a guy I work with that was called by both Local Leo's and the FFA for shooting down a drone. It would hover over his pool every time his wife and daughters were out!
After contacting him a couple times, and him both admitting he shot it, and giving up the wreckage, they lost interest and quit calling him.
My guess is the Perv with a plane did not want to talk about what he was doing with it. DR
Last week, I was in my driveway and heard a noise. I turned around and a drone was 15 feet behind me at eye level. I will admit a few thoughts crossed my mind. But, seeing as it was too low to peer into a window, I avoided fire and gave consideration to using a broom.That is illegal too. Doing pretty much anything to a drone even over your property is off-limits, they're protected the same as any aircraft. Just shining a laser pointer at one could land you in the same trouble as shining one at a commercial jet liner.
Yeah Im just saying that it happens far, far, far, less than people think its happening. I used to train with a guy whos job it is to design radio transmission systems, and he actually uses drones in order to move the systems away from him, and then test the signal strength and clarity, etc. There would be people asking him why he was flying over their houses, etc, etc, why he was spying on him and everything. The drone had no cameras, its only job was to get a certain distance from the transmitter, broadcast a signal, and return home. Several people though that because the drone stopped above their house for a few seconds, that it was for ulterior motives, while infact it was just a random coincidence that it showed up there.@TheGurgeMan it's the second scenario we are discussing. The peeping toms, or the criminals, checking things out remotely. Well, peeping toms are a subset of criminals, or at least deviants. Keeping their perversions in check will only help keep them from escalating their behavior to far worse things.
Brings to mind a cool story from my Navy days. A friend of mine was big on the history of flying aces and he got me interested in reading up on it. There was an Israeli pilot, Major (later General) Shlomo Egozi during the Arab-Israeli war, who became a flying ace in one pass, without firing a weapon. It is probably the only time it has ever happened in the history of air combat.Lots of farmers fly. Time to fire up the Cessna or crop dusters. I wonder what kind of turbulence a close pass might cause.
I suspect that if criminals stopped casing places to commit violent crimes and the government and tech companies would stop spying on American citizens, we wouldn't be so disturbed by them. You think?......People nowadays are way too paranoid that someone is trying to get some insider info on them or some candid photos. I really wish that I thought random people cared that much for me, but I know they dont.
We need more SAMs.Its all legal guys. Its actually the University of Colorado Boulder using their drone swarm to test a new form of terrestrial mapping for agriculture.
Being a gun guy, and a guy who also builds and flys my own drones, I don't understand why people are so against drones. They do great things, provide aid where needed, accomplish tasks, and are even just a fun hobby in general (like shooting.) I would say that 99.9% of drone pilots don't care who or what they are looking at, they are just flying around to get the experience of flying, they don't do it to spy on people. Most drones barely have cameras over cell phone quality, so anything further than 50 feet away, you start to struggle to tell who or what it is with any sort of clarity. From 150 feet up, moving at 20 mph, and with the oscillations from the propellers, its nigh impossible to even tell that it is a person.
Also, now that since about 2017 the FAA has made it so that drone pilots have to register their drones with them, it makes all legally registered and operated drones aircrafts, and its a felony to shoot at, or shoot down an aircraft.
Now if the drone is like 25 feet over your property, and has been there for like 10 mins getting close ups of the inside of your house, thats a much different situation from a guy flying by at 100 feet up.
I think a drone hovering over your sunbathing wife or grandkids in a pool is not quite what I'm talking about, egregious and I would say a rare occurrence in the drone world. That's def a different story. That's a perv that probably needs his clock cleaned.I suspect that if criminals stopped casing places to commit violent crimes and the government and tech companies would stop spying on American citizens, we wouldn't be so disturbed by them. You think?
@glocknjeep You and I both know there are flyover restricted parts of the country where your little Cessna might get shot down at worst, or you could end up in Leavenworth. You do know about ADIZ regulations, right? I'm sorry if some pilots get a little hot about the issue. I cannot really figure a valid reason for a drone to be hovering 25 feet above my back yard when Mrs OldChap is out sunbathing or my great grand children are swimming. Having worked with a police department for almost 10 years, I know that police and prosecutors have a great deal of latitude in how they enforce the law when it comes to someone shooting down such intrusions.