Peace, Love and Drones. Governor Brown is Sending the Right Message.

///Peace, Love and Drones. Governor Brown is Sending the Right Message.

Peace, Love and Drones. Governor Brown is Sending the Right Message.

This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Just the other day, I was demonstrating a new drone prototype for the children of a friend. I was flying the quadcopter above his house while everyone watched the on-screen HD image. I then safely landed. The mood was happy and positive, that is until a disgruntled neighbor who yelled from across the street, “if that drone comes near my house, I’ll shoot it out of the sky.” The 4-year-old child started to cry.  It was then that I took the opportunity to attempt to explain to the neighbor why it’s illegal to shoot at a drone.

Thankfully Governor Jerry Brown is taking the right position. Gov. Brown said “Drone technology certainly raises novel issues that merit careful examination,” the statement reads. “This bill, however, while well-intentioned, could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome litigation and new causes of action.”

The vetoed drone bill included:

One bill would have set steep penalties for hobbyists who fly unmanned aerial drones above wildfires and other emergencies, interfering with firefighting aircraft.

In addition to allowing fines of up to $5,000 and up to six months in jail for violations, the bill would have given emergency responders immunity from liability for damage caused to drones that they knock out of the air with electronic signal-jamming devices.

With strong message against creating new crimes, Gov. Brown vetoes drone bills

By | 2017-08-31T15:24:09+00:00 October 10th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones|Comments Off on Peace, Love and Drones. Governor Brown is Sending the Right Message.

About the Author:

Michael Robbins
Mr. Michael Robbins, who resides in Northern California, is our drone tech expert with over 30 years of experience. He started his career building gas powered UAVs at age 12. He has since earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Design and Engineering and is AutoCAD certified. He has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Hearst Castle, CNN, Adobe, Oracle, HP, Cisco Systems, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and NASA. With a passion for aviation, Mr. Robbins spends his spare time studying for his Commercial Pilot’s License.