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Old March 1st 17, 06:51 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Larry Dighera
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Jail Time For Drone Pilot
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The pilot of a drone that hit a building, then fell into a crowd watching a
parade and hit a 25-year-old woman, knocking her unconscious, has been
sentenced to 30 days in jail by a Seattle municipal court. Paul Skinner, 38, of
Washington, who owns an aerial photography company, was convicted of reckless
endangerment, which carries a penalty of up to a year in jail. Seattle
Municipal Court Willie Gregory told Skinner last week that he knew the crash
was an accident, but he had "engaged in conduct that put people in danger of
being injured, which is what happened."
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http://nypost.com/2017/02/28/man-get...ed-two-people/
Man gets jail time for drone mishap that injured two people
By Gabrielle Fonrouge February 28, 2017 | 10:48am
Modal Trigger Man gets jail time for drone mishap that injured two people

A Seattle man was sentenced to 30 days in jail last week after his drone fell
from the sky and injured two people during a pride parade in 2015, according to
reports.

Paul Skinner, 38, was found guilty of reckless endangerment and fined $500 by
the Seattle Municipal Court after his unmanned aerial vehicle struck a woman in
the head, knocking her unconscious.

The 25-year-old woman was standing at an intersection during the 2015 Seattle
Pride Parade when the 18-by-18-inch drone crashed into a building and fell into
the crowd, severely injuring her and bruising another.

Judge Willie Gregory told Skinner, who owns an aerial photography company, said
he recognizes the incident was an accident, but that Skinner “engaged in
conduct that put people in danger of being injured, which is what happened,”
according to the Seattle Times.

According to FAA regulations, drone operators may not fly “over anyone who is
not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, or
not inside a covered stationary vehicle.”

Prosecutor Pete Holmes, who wanted a 90-day sentence, said misusing drones is a
“serious public-safety issue that will only get worse.”

Skinner’s attorneys plan to appeal, but regardless of the outcome, he’s still
required to take a certified class on drone safety.

This comes after a speeding drone crashed through a Manhattan woman’s
27th-floor window Saturday.

The 66-year-old woman told The Post she would’ve been severely injured had the
drone not got caught in her blinds.
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http://gizmodo.com/dumbass-convicted...-kn-1791240314

Dumbass Convicted Over Pride Parade Drone Crash That Knocked Woman Out Cold

Hudson Hongo
1/15/17 10:00pm\

Seattle’s 41st Annual Pride Parade. Photo: AP

It was supposed to be a celebration LGBT culture, but it ended up serving as a
lesson in robot etiquette. On Friday, a 38-year-old man was found guilty of
reckless endangerment in connection with a drone crash at Seattle’s 2015 pride
parade that left an attendee unconscious.

According to authorities, Paul Skinner was flying a two-pound drone above the
parade when it crashed into a building and went tumbling into the crowd. It
eventually struck a 25-year-old woman’s head, knocking her out and into her
boyfriend’s arms.

At the time, police told NBC News the victim suffered “not a gentle
concussion.”

After a brief search for the unidentified drone pilot, Skinner ultimately came
forward. He’s now scheduled to be sentenced in February and could face up to
364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

In a similar (albeit far less injurious) incident last week, a pilot crashed a
drone into the Space Needle while filming. The city said it also considering
reckless endangerment charges against that pilot.

The Pilot Who Crashed a Drone Into the Space Needle Could Face Charges

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“It looks like the drone tractor beam we installed on the Space Needle is
working,” joked the Space Needle’s CEO in a statement. “This is the third time
we’ve recovered a drone on our property.”
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Old March 1st 17, 10:25 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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In article ,
, Larry Dighera says...

Jail Time For Drone Pilot


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Let's not call these people *pilots*. What about operator.


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Old March 2nd 17, 09:14 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Larry Dighera
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On Thu, 2 Mar 2017 11:25:28 +1300, Dave Doe wrote:

In article ,
, Larry Dighera says...

Jail Time For Drone Pilot


snip

Let's not call these people *pilots*. What about operator.


I share your sentiment regarding drone operators; however I believe commercial
drone operators must hold an airman's certificate. See what you think:
https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf
 




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