Drones and Weapons, A Dangerous Mix
You probably already know this but putting a weapon on your drone is a terrible idea, but it appears that some people didn’t get the memo. Last week, The FAA issued a warning about weaponizing drones, stipulating that it is a violation of the agency’s rules on top of any federal or state offenses you might commit in the process. For that matter, the FAA contended that it’s simply not bright to arm your drone. It can bring “significant harm to a person and to your bank account,” the FAA said alluding to the $25,000 maximum fine.
Operating a drone that has a dangerous weapon attached to it is a violation ofSection 363 of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act enacted Oct. 5, 2018. Operators are subject to civil penalties up to $25,000 for each violation, unless the operator has received specific authorization from the Administrator of the FAA to conduct the operation.
It’s not certain what prompted the FAA’s stern talking-to on the subject, but it’s no secret that Americans have been arming drones with guns, flamethrowers and other implements for years, whether it’s out of curiosity or a less-than-innocent purpose. If you want proof, you just have to see that one viral video of someone allegedly using a drone to shoot fireworks at loud party-goers. The regulator may have felt obligated to say its piece simply to reduce the chances of a serious incident — it doesn’t want drone pilots setting houses on fire or hurting people out of an urge to experiment with airborne destruction.