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Drone helps with flood rescue, will FAA fine the pilot?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by kphantom, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. kphantom

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    Check out this article from USA TODAY:

    How a drone, social media saved a man, dog from N.C. flooding

    http://usat.ly/2e87jBn
     
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  3. skyhighdiver

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    why he did nothing wrong that we know of
     
  4. Meta4

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    Why would you even ask?
    There's no indication he did anything wrong.

    Sent from my SM-G900I using PhantomPilots mobile app
     
  5. Ohiowoodsman

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    l'm sure the OP doesn't want trouble for the pilot. l'm guessing he's referring to the flooded no fly areas that the FAA notified us about
     
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    Hope not.

    But... any TFRs or NOTAMs in place?
     
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    Yes TFR's went up down there pretty much immediately. I'm not sure about the area where this video took place but I'd bet probably so.
     
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    That's going to be the issue if any.
     
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    Most of the ones that went up early on would have expired today but I noticed this morning they were re-issuing some of them for the area. Still a lot of horrible conditions down there with more flooding due to dams breaking and such.

    Here is one that was re-issued this morning and runs for 5 days from today
    6/7239 NOTAM Details
     
  10. kphantom

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    Yes, I hope the pilot gets an award rather than an FAA fine. Like many who registered, I got a warning email to defer from flying to not conflict the airspace with first responders.

    Ironically: It looks like there would not be any responder without the pilot of the DJI sUAS in this case! Instead of banning sUAS pilots, the FAA should engage them to be safe but help with search and rescue. Essentially, crowd source search and rescue with the public, and improve rescue results!
     
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