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Drones and wildfires don’t mix

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Drones and wildfires don’t mix

Postby sidd finch » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:32 pm

From the FAA today....

More than 120 wildfires are burning across 1.6 million acres in the United States. Firefighters aren’t just struggling to battle these blazes, they’re also facing the dangers posed by unauthorized drone flights over or near the fires. Firefighters across the nation have repeatedly been forced to cease helicopter and airplane operations because the presence of drones prevented them from flying safely. In these circumstances, the minutes or hours of flight delay could mean lost lives and destroyed property.

Federal, state and local fire management agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urge members of the public not to fly drones over or near wildfires. Unauthorized drone flights pose collision hazards to firefighting aircraft and can distract pilots who are operating in stressful and challenging conditions. A collision could cause serious injury or death to fire crews in the air, endanger firefighters and members of the public on the ground, and drastically limit the effectiveness of fire suppression efforts.

People who engage in this dangerous and irresponsible activity are violating federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations, regardless of whether a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place.

Fire agencies are reporting to the FAA and to law enforcement unauthorized drone flights near wildfires on federal, tribal, state and local lands. People who interfere with fire suppression efforts will face civil penalties that could exceed $20,000, as well as potential criminal prosecution.

Anyone who witnesses or has information about an unauthorized drone flight over or near a wildfire should immediately contact local law enforcement.

To keep drone pilots aware of flight restrictions, the FAA developed an easy-to-use smartphone app called B4UFLY. The app helps drone pilots determine whether restrictions or requirements are in effect at the location where they want to fly. B4UFLY is available for free download in the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android. But regardless of whether a TFR is in place, people should never fly drones near or over wildfires.

Please remind your friends, colleagues, and family members who own drones that flying them over or near a wildfire means fire crews can’t, and doing so could cost them more than $20,000.


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Re: Drones and wildfires don’t mix

Postby RJ Johnston » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:33 pm

Good luck with that. How often do you see people run red lights? Who obey rules these days?
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Re: Drones and wildfires don’t mix

Postby sidd finch » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:56 pm

How often do you see people run red lights? Who obey rules these days?


Quite true but I guess once the threshold of pain is crossed it would be pretty easy to track them down. Especially if it is a DJI drone.

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Re: Drones and wildfires don’t mix

Postby RJ Johnston » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:05 pm

Seems like technology should exist that could be used by officials to turn off or take control over the drones in the vicinity. Or have I been watching too much Stargate.
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Re: Drones and wildfires don’t mix

Postby sidd finch » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:47 pm

DJI has it now with Geo fencing but not sure how a private Chinese company would take to have the FAA tell them where to geo-fence.

There would also need to be some kind of real time push to the aircraft.

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