I would assume since they can track serial numbers they identified over a hundred unique drones? This event attracts thousands of people from all over the world.
Not sure, but they didnt specify that in the news footage or the interview with the drone tracker employee. Most drone owners dont just go to an event and fly once. Difficult to get that shot you want on one battery especially over a multiday event. Most drone owners, if going to an event, will fly multiple times in one day, and possibly nearly a dozen flights in 3 or 4 days.
The drone registration did _nothing_ to help with these _real_ issues. The FAA continues to screw up this job.
Turn over the info to the FBI? I'm wondering if the reported got FBI and FAA confused.
The real problem from this article is that most people are not given information about NFZ.
BTW, can anyone checked to see if Fiesta Park is really a NFZ? I honestly don't know.
Illegal flights happen all of the time. I see the _real_ issue as a lack of education. Heck, lots of people within this very forum get the laws incorrect.
How many times have people stated there is a 400' cap for hoppy flight. How many times have people not understood what VLOS means. How many times have people asked if they need to call an airport. The list goes on and on. Again, the _REAL_ problem is that people are not getting the correct information. I'd semi-agree that requiring people to take a test would help... but only a little. A better and easier thing would be for drone manufactures to include simply guidelines with every drone they sell. Put something in the box that someone can read. The drone registration did _nothing_ to help with these _real_ issues. The FAA continues to screw up this job.
I agree that most who fly have no clue what responsibilities they have. But whose fault is that? Maybe including a guideline in the box would help, but most people don't read any instructions anyway. I have a friend who is a realtor and is using his Mavic for his business. When I casually asked him if he had his Part 107 he answered "what's that?" Ignorance is not an excuse for the law, but especially when it comes to drones, an often used one.
It did get the FAA some good money, and now that DJI will be a supplier of LAANC, guess where that money will be going to? The circle of life (drone life). Maybe DJI should give us all a $5 credit toward the purchase of our next drone, or include free FAA registration with a purchase.
The FBI could certainly be used to enforce the FAA federal laws. In fact that is exactly who I would expect to be knocking on my door if I screwed up with my Mavic.
I HOPE that the information collected IS handed over to authorities and all violators are fined to the fullest extent of the law. The only way to get the message across is to have many people paying fines. Downed or damaged Balloons or not.
actually, it could be almost any law enforcement agency on behalf of the FAA. local police, State police, FBI, ATF, game and parks, US Marshals.... It doesnt really matter.More likely Homeland Security would be knocking. If so, I hope the offender likes the food at Gitmo.