Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Drone Flies Above Jet Landing at Vegas Airport

No, it's not legal, but that didn't stop someone from taking a remote joyride on McCarran International Airport's flight path. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident in which someone apparently piloted a drone right above a jet landing at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The FAA can fine individuals up to $1,437 for each violation of flight safety rules. Business' fines can reach $32,666 per violation. Then there are criminal penalties of up to $250,000 in fines and three years in prison.


A little inside info. It's not a GPS guided drone. It's a scratch built, 600 gram (1.3 pound) racing multi-rotor. It can't crash an A320, but it can scare the hell out of anybody inside on an impact. The pilot didn't post the video in public, it was posted to a private group where somebody promptly leaked it to local news. It was a highly illegal flight into Class B airspace and the culprit is going to catch a ferocious amount of fines and hopefully jail time.


Shouldn't be that hard to track them down, and throw them in prison for a few years after you destroy the drone in front of them of course.

#1 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-02-07 02:29 PM

"It can't crash an A320" -- possibly could, if sucked into and wrecks one of the jet engines.

#2 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-02-07 04:30 PM

No. Single engine ILS landings are required for pilot type ratings in the aircraft. It can fly on 1 engine handily, as required to be certified for passenger operations.

Also, you probably can't destroy the engine with a 1.3 pound quad. Crack a blade, do some very expensive damage, but it'll hold up. You can run that engine with a fire hose blasting the intake fan and it will still keep going.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-07 05:22 PM

Oh man...this must be a thing. The Feds will have to run this whole group down.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-08 04:14 AM

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