In Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority or CASA, which is similar in purpose and function to our FAA, has gotten a lot more active as of late in the process of identifying and punishing drone operators who are breaking local laws. Surprisingly a lot of the activity is happening on-line, specifically on YouTube; as more and more people post their illegal footage, CASA’s job just gets easier.
Braidwood drone instructor Anthony Hoy has watched with alarm as drones have become more affordable, widely stocked, and increasingly commonplace in the sky.
“There’s a proliferation of the machines at low cost, and I found someone who had purchased one for $200 this week,” he said.
The problem is, not everybody knows how to use them safely, or in line with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) laws.
CASA has taken to trawling sites such as YouTube to source illegal footage.
“The mistake people are making is that the regulator is watching where people are posting footage and they’re being prosecuted off their posting — I think that’s an encouraging development,” Mr Hoy said.
Do you think this will ever happen in the US? If it did, would you be comfortable with it?