Drone Hits LAPD Helicopter- This Is Why You Should Follow Recreational Drone Rules!

Hey Dronrs- bit of a somber episode today as I want to touch on the seriousness of following the recreational drone rules that have been set out for our community. Even those of us with our Part 107 licenses are beholden to these rules when we don’t fly commercially, so they’re important to know.

Unfortunately, there was an incident in my own backyard where a drone pilot flying at night hit a police helicopter and he now faces federal charges. Know the rules and follow them because we want to make sure drones are fun, safe, and easy to use for a long time to come.

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Recreational Drone Rules:

1. Register your drone, mark it on the outside with the registration number and carry proof of registration with you.

2. Fly only for recreational purposes.

3. Fly your drone at or below 400 feet above the ground when in uncontrolled (Class G) airspace.

4. Obtain authorization before flying in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D, and E). You can obtain authorization in three ways:
– LAANC
– DroneZone
– A written agreement with the FAA for fixed flying sites. For more information about fixed flying sites, contact us at UAShelp@faa.gov.

NOTE: Flying drones in certain airspace is not allowed. Classes of airspace and flying restrictions can be found on our B4UFLY app.

5. Keep your drone within your visual line of sight, or within the visual line-of-sight of a visual observer who is co-located (physically next to) and in direct communication with you.

6. Do not fly at night unless your drone has lighting that allows you to know its location and orientation at all times.

7. Give way to and do not interfere with manned aircraft.

8. Never fly over any person or moving vehicle.

9. Never interfere with emergency response activities such as disaster relief, any type of accident response, law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery efforts.

10. Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many over-the-counter medications have side effects that could impact your ability to safely operate your drone.

11. Do not operate your drone in a careless or reckless manner.

Recreational flyers should know that if they intentionally violate any of these safety requirements, and/or operate in a careless or reckless manner, they could be liable for criminal and/or civil penalties.

Link to the rules: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/

Story Sources:

Hollywood Man Arrested on Federal Charge After His Drone Crashed with an LAPD Helicopter

UPDATED w photo: Man charged after drone hits LAPD helicopter



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19 Comments

  1. Kylar Stern on January 7, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Great post. Please fly responsible you put myself and my crew at risk with drone strikes.

  2. Lu Johnson on January 7, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Helicopters are ridiculously fragile. Chuck them, and their idiot hot-dogging, rule breaking bad attitude pilots, and switch to safer, multiritor aircraft going forward.

  3. Gavin Green on January 7, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    HE should be charged! He is the worst type of drone flyer, thanks to Andrew, the FAA WILL try to restrict recreational flying even MORE! Thanks Andrew!

  4. OrmiPix on January 7, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks for making this video. If it keeps even 5 more pilots safe it was worth it

  5. Tim W on January 7, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks to dopes like this is why Remote ID will be shoved down the throats of all of us as well as those of us that fly responsibly. I don’t feel bad for this guy in the slightest. Whether he knows he did wrong or not, the fact that he’s smiling while being handcuffed only shows more so the deprivation of his IQ.

  6. Orlando Jones on January 7, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Even though the DJI Mini 2 is under the 250g weight limit, do you recommend still registering the drone?

  7. Edward Shaw on January 7, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    He knew better!! Don’t give him a pass and excuses!

  8. LightStylePro on January 7, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Droner Tech: Thanks for presenting your 7-minute opening arguments for the Court of Public Opinion. You sound like an LA Prosecutor, outlining the story of events as you understand it. So much for Andrew Hernandez being PRESUMED INNOCENT, placing the burden of proof on the Prosecution (Plaintiff). The "Cookout Picture" was really damning evidence! You can just "tell" that Mr. Hernandez is ignorant and doesn’t know any better, but should have. Thanks for your "conviction" of a presumed innocent man prior to any fair hearing or trial. It’s videos like these that gives Social Justice the discredit that it deserves. This video is a perfect example of slanderous "character assassination" prior to any actual facts or legal conviction as a basis to such accusations. "My Brother" was thrown under the bus with this premature YouTube posting.

  9. FoC2444 on January 7, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    This story broke a bit ago. It’s crazy how folks still dont know. How you feel about 107 owners being put under the umbrella of mandate for remote id?

  10. wrldnkaos76 on January 7, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    FIRST….,…..KEEP IT SIMPLE FOLLOW RULES.

  11. Drone Ready on January 7, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    That remote ID B.S. dont even take place at all for almost 3 years.

  12. AIRWOLF on January 7, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Daaaammnnnnnnn

  13. Drone Scapes on January 7, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Recreational pilots are not required to get a waiver to fly 30 minutes after sunset or at night however you want to put it. Silly, but true…

  14. derjoh1986 on January 7, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Kinda late reporting this but better late than never, I suppose.

  15. Brian sss on January 7, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Did they just pass the vote that allows recreational flying at night? Or was that for commercial only? I know something passed recently but haven’t had the chance to review it.

  16. BIG DRONE FLYER77 R/C on January 7, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Happy New Year B

  17. Bizzobb Foshizzle on January 7, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    You don’t register the drone as a recreational flyer. You register yourself as a drone operator. You get a single number you put on all your drones over 250 grams in weight. I can’t believe how many people say “register the drone”. That is incorrect.

  18. William Cole on January 7, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Lack of common sense really. Applies to much of life in general. No common sense equals stupid mistakes that can be dangerous.

  19. Drone Ready on January 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    What had happened was….

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