FAA Moves Ahead on Efforts to Bring Some Order to Drone Flights
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Federal Aviation Administration makes some long-expected moves toward publishing rules for drones, including hiring managers to oversee their implementation.Everything came to a stop at the U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sept. 3 as a drone appeared out of the evening sky and passed over the players while they volleyed. Then, unexpectedly, the drone careened toward the grandstands and crashed into the seating area. That area of the stadium was unoccupied at the time, and no one was injured. However, 26th seeded player Flavia Pennetta of Italy said she was shaken by the appearance of the drone and thought she was about to become the victim of a terrorist attack. Pennetta, despite the drone intrusion, went on to win the match against Monica Niculescu of Romania. On the morning of Sept. 4, a New York City school teacher was arrested for the drone flight and charged with reckless endangerment, among other crimes. The 26-year-old teacher works at a technology high school in Brooklyn.
This sort of incident points up the rising need for some means to get a handle on drone use in the United States. The teacher that was charged for his drone flight is presumably able to read and write. Thus, he was at least theoretically able to understand the rules. But for whatever reason, he either didn't know the rules or he didn't bother to check. He just launched the drone to have some fun.