Multiple Charges Dropped Against Man Who Flew Drone Over Crash Scene
When the drone was landed the medical helicopter was 13 miles away. The no drone zone around an airport is only 5 miles. To all reports he was within weight limits, altitude limits and was non commercial. Just amazing how easy it is to get arrested with a drone even when flying within the bounds of the law.
It’s probably half as bad as driving while black. Let’s not even ponder a black man flying a drone. //
I don’t feel like I did anything wrong,” he said.
Stanley, a 32-year-old copy-machine repairman who owns a company called Niche Films, was flying his professional-grade hexacopter, which cost more than $4,000, above a rural Clark County crash scene on April 12. He was shooting the video as a hobby and planned to give the footage to local television stations, as he had before.
In the original criminal complaint, a deputy sheriff wrote that both a fire official and a deputy had told Stanley to stop flying his drone because a medical helicopter was about to land, but he had refused.
Stanley has always disputed that. He said he was never warned that a helicopter was coming and that by the time a deputy approached to talk to him, his hexacopter already was on the ground. He said that to fly while knowing that a full-size helicopter was approaching would be both stupid and irresponsible.