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  1. Bruce's Laserwurks on July 30, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    GPS works most of the time but I have found it to fail even in a country setting were it had worked just fine on many flights before . I have noted it to fail near a military base in the panhandle using google maps to fine a hotel. it put the hotel in the ocean were it was across the street. Luckily on one flight GPS hung my drone stationary for ever but the home button brought it back . GOODLUCK POSITIONING SATELLITES .

  2. Carl Friis-Hansen on July 30, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    His first major mistake was flying in a very busy town over people, which he would almost certainly never ever get permission to do.
    It is this kind of irresponsible behavior that gives the responsible drone pilots a bad name and makes drones appear a meanness in the public eye.

  3. ANTHONYVLOG on July 30, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I hope you learnt your lesson. Thank you FAA 👌

    Ps: when you lose GPS it still flys ATTI , the pilot obviously didn’t know how to actually fly a drone, flew out of VLOS and couldn’t get it back. RTH won’t work if there is a problem with GPS in the drone.

  4. arpxdagoodone on July 30, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    How can a Phantom land somewhere else when the pilot lose control? If I lose control with my DJI drone it comes back to the home point. Something’s not right with this story.

  5. Leif Vejby on July 30, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Good!

  6. The Geordie, the Witch and the Wench on July 30, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    $20,000 fine!!!! The Government needs the money more than he does!!! 🙂

  7. luis martinez on July 30, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Douchebag forgot to tell you he has done this before, and flies in controlled airspace regularly.

  8. Ben S on July 30, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    That was his fault as a drone operator he should have had eye sight of his aircraft he flew it 2 miles away from the home point of course your gonna lose the signal ffs 🤦🏻‍♂️

  9. Aaron Heidlebaugh on July 30, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    $15K is excessive. The punishment is supposed to fit the crime.

  10. reempire888 on July 30, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    First rule, never fly a drone within 5 miles of an airport.

  11. Jerry G on July 30, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    As owner he responsible. I wonder if he would have felt better if it ended up in the engine of either a departing or arriving flight. $15K seems a bit low.

  12. Diire Records on July 30, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    you can’t spell burciago without the CIA. this is them. evil mf’s. you can’t even power up a dji phantom 3 in this airspace. THE POWER WON’T EVEN COME ON NEAR CONTROLLED AIRSPACE. your safe from burciago. and the al CIA da. and ISIS. just look for those who call themselves the ish is. they are the liars. the synagog of satan. they are your enemies.

  13. Model Flyer on July 30, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    This is so stupid he should be in JAIL and heavy fine 100k or more–this type of behavior has to STOP before someone is hurt or killed

  14. Joseph Harper on July 30, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    "I was very apologetic to them…." Oh, that’s good to know. Unbelievable. Do we know if he was a 107 certified pilot? No one mentioned that in the article. The drone was registered so it’s likely he is. If he is a 107 pilot, then this is inexcusable. He wasn’t within radius of a tall building so he was over max elevation for his drone at 450 feet. McCarron is well within 5 miles of the strip so he never would have gotten LAANC clearance for max elevation. I don’t know if the Phantom 3 has to be unlocked like the P4 but that shouldn’t have happened either. Many, many things wrong with this guy’s flight and he should be fined TO THE MAX. It’s hard to believe that a 107 certified pilot would have attempted this flight. This is something that the cowboys usually do with an unregistered drone so they don’t get caught if something goes wrong. This guy is bad, bad news. On top of everything he has a flippant attitude toward the whole situation.

  15. Ariel Wollinger on July 30, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Ahahhahahahahahaha. What a fucking idiot

  16. AI on July 30, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    why couldn’t he switch to manual mode and take control of the aircraft???? This is why i never rely on the intelligent feature’s!! I have been in this situation and was able to return the drone after switching to manual. These are the idiot’s who ruin it for the professionals. Flying over people moving cars buildings with radio antennas throwing out all kinds of interference i always fly manually in city environments so this doesn’t happen i fly Philadelphia and thats tight!!!!

  17. lloydman on July 30, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    This is just one example of why the FAA has the Remote ID NPRM in play.

  18. SiliconValleySky on July 30, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Moron. Look at a sectional chart you idiot.

  19. Mithrandir13 on July 30, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    This sort of Stupid Drone Activity is creating a shit storm for people who have for decades flown RC models responsibly with ZERO INCIDENTS! Thanks Asshole!

  20. Ashley L on July 30, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    just 15k for emergency landing at Airport.

  21. Kevin on July 30, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Few years ago that’s all you saw in the Vegas skyline was drones lol.

  22. Yacht Racing Live on July 30, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I am one of the few people the FAA allowed to fly drones at this area of Vegas and we had to have a police escort and direct communications with the tower. This guy is a idiot.

  23. npranyoto on July 30, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Can we see raw video here?

  24. JN Moody Photography on July 30, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Hope he ends up in jail.

  25. GeezerPleasers on July 30, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    $15 K is not enough. He broke every possible rule. It’s illegal to fly a drone anywhere near the Strip. It’s illegal to fly within 5 miles of an airport. He was well within 5 miles of McCarran. It’s illegal to fly above 400 feet. He flew at 450 feet ……. right by the airport. It’s illegal to fly over any people who are not directly involved in the safe operation of the drone, and he flew over the most densely packed group of people within 250 miles. You are required to maintain visual line of sight of the drone with the naked eye at all times, and he flew it right out of his view, at 450 feet, near the airport, over people. And of course, the FAA registration number must be permanently visible on the drone. It was no accident that he transposed numbers in the registration number on the drone. He knew damn well that he was flying illegally and he figured that putting the wrong number on the drone would let him escape scot-free. Nope. And then he ignored the FAA for months when they tried to contact him. He got off easy.

    Oh, by the way, DJI drones are geofenced. They have built in flight restrictions. If you are in a no fly zone (and he was in multiple overlapping no fly zones), a DJI drone will not even take off. However, the particular model he flew had a vulnerability which allows a hack which disables the geofencing (I’m not going to say explicitly what the hack is because I don’t want to enable that kind of behavior). If, as he says, he had made flights in that area before, then he clearly had used that hack to disable the DJI geofencing. This was as premeditated and inexcusable a case of reckless flying as I can imagine.

  26. NeuKids on July 30, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Landing a drone at airport. OMG that’s bad news.
    I am drone pilot since 4 years, registered my drone, and travelling to Vegas again with drone,. BUT NOT ON THE STRIP.

    THERE ARE 100’S ONLINE, WHY ADD MORE

  27. RepoMan550 on July 30, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Just another way our government takes advantage of its citizens. Even though the laws about drones are serious, but due to the circumstances and being accidental, the fine is very excessive.

  28. Gunner Zane on July 30, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    It’s idiots like that dude is why we now have all these restrictions.

  29. onee on July 30, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Expensive picture.

  30. Todd Bixby on July 30, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    should have been higher, those that fly irresponsibly have ruined the hobby for those that fly responsibly. i am glad he got caught!!

  31. Mitch Dike on July 30, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Ya this guy is the reason why we are going to lose our drone freedoms.
    I COULD GO ON ABOUT STUPID PEOPLE BUT IT DOESN’T FIX ANYTHING!
    HE SCREWED UP WHILE BREAKING THE LAW AND GOT CAUGHT NOW PAY YOUR FINES AND GET A NEW HOBBY !!
    I’m sure he wouldn’t be so open to showing his face and making such a fuss about a measly $20,000 fine if that drone crashed into a airliner and killed everyone !
    Ignorance at its finest

  32. Larry D'Oench on July 30, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Hammer the dude. Make an example.

  33. luis martinez on July 30, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    He’s full of shit.

  34. kennyw on July 30, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    The FAA uses news broadcasts and YouTube videos to find violators. Even worse, the guy in this video admitted to making "100’s" of flights, but were they legal? My guess is that he is not FAA certified to operate a drone or he would know better. Ignorance of the law is not a defense. Just think, if his drone landed on a runway, it could have damaged a commerial airliner, brought it down or made it return to the airport. This is serious and he deserved to be fined. He’s lucky he didn’t face crinimal charges, which the FAA has the power to enforce. Let this be a lesson to all, you cannot go out and just fly your drone wherever and whenever you want. Be safe, become FAA certified to operate your drone and follow the regulations.

  35. K Fam Adventures on July 30, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    So he was originally fined 15k, then because he ran out of time and didn’t appeal he was fined an exta 5kish for being late? That’s crazy

  36. ABC123 on July 30, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    He got lucky; it needs to be 5 years in prison.

  37. Cameron Downey on July 30, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    DAYM. He’s going to be swamped for life.

  38. DASH CAMERA RO on July 30, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    When you fly in the city with a drone you need a flight plan (analyze the terrain in 3D google maps from all angles, you must know very well the area), a plan of emergency situations when losing the signal, to have direct visual contact with the drone and as close as possible to you. You can’t fly blindly. It is forbidden to use cameras in the airport area, but flying with a drone is already too much

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