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is a drone a aircraft or can you shoot it down??

Discussion in 'Inspire 1 Discussion' started by turbodronepilot, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. turbodronepilot

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    Hey guys..
    just got back from a quick little flight around my property and neighbors that's cool with my drone..
    another neighbor just took 2 shots at my i1 when I got close to their property. .
    I could heat the bullet wizz by..
    I called the sheriff and they said it was rude to fly over someone's property and that my i1 wasn't an aircraft. .
    I told him it was an aircraft and he got pissed and told me not to quote federal law..
    he said it's legal for the person to shoot it down if it's over their property. .
    he said he could check to make sure they were firing in a safe manner..
    I told him to forget about it..
    he keep making references to me quoting federal law..I said u wasn't quoting it I was just telling I'm what I thought. .
    he said i was wrong..
    guess he's a drone hater ..
    I have little confidence in law enforcement.
    Turb. ..
     
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  2. sirnikolas

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    It's considered an aircraft here in Australia. I've even witnessed dji tech support referring to it as an aircraft.
     
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  3. sirnikolas

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    And how is it ok to shoot your gun into the sky? The shot gun pellets will obviously come down somewhere and land on someone.
    Let's say he did hit your I1, the Inspire with it's 3kg weight is going to come tumbling down and possibly hit someone in the head or hit a vehicle where that vehicle could then take out a bus stop full of people or a playground full of children. Your neighbour needs his fire arm to be taken off him. He clearly has no idea.
     
  4. CaptainBadge

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    Short answer - according to the FAA yes
     
  5. damoncooper

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    If your neighbor shot it down and it came down and killed a 5 year old boy playing next door, who would be at fault?
     
  6. CaptainBadge

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    49 U.S.C. § 40102(a)(6)

    Good luck quoting law to a sheriff though. Better off trying to sell ice to eskimos.
     
  7. turbodronepilot

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    I am considering calling the faa and seeing what they say although I'm worried that the police officer might retaliate against me..
    He obviously didn't care for me or my drone. .
     
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  8. turbodronepilot

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    You tell me??
     
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    Argh. :-(. Yah tough battle, most definitely an AC, it was crafted and it goes in the air! I do have a few friends that are cops... Friends because they'll admit to me that they themselves are in fact dickheads at times. In fact, the bigger the dickhead the farther they go. I've had a neighbor get ready to throw stuff at mine when I alerted them to my presence they were cool. They thought I was the "man" spying on them. Maybe that was the case!??? Either way not cool.
     
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  10. Bren

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    Turbo, clearly you live down south!?
     
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    Simple answer here. Don't fly in a populated area. I drive miles to fly my quads, without interference to myself and others

    Then should anything go wrong... You lessen the chance of personal or property damage

    Risk management is the name of the game. Fly safe
     
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  13. damoncooper

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    Is there really any doubt here?
     
  14. turbodronepilot

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    If I knew what you meant I wouldn't have asked...
     
  15. damoncooper

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    I mean: you are flying your aircraft without violating any rules or regulations. Neighbor shotguns your aircraft and brings it down, killing a child.

    Are you somehow liable for that child's death? Of course not. The person dangerously and recklessly discharging his firearm into the air, intending to bring down an aircraft without regard for the lives of those on the ground would be liable and most likely would face federal charges as per above once the case came to light.

    Fly on.
     
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    We need lawyer's.
     
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  17. turbodronepilot

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    I just called the faa in fresno and they transferred me to a extension and it just rang and then hung up..
    I called back and got voice mail..
    I left a message so let's see what they say..
    turbo. .
     
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  18. Outta Control

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    That is BS Turbo.

    Look into the local ordinance about discharging a firearm in your area that is not related to any self defense.

    that right there tells me he don't know sh*t about federal law.

    I call BullSh*t on this. So if a Heron, Eagle, or Condor flies over the guys property does he have the right to shoot at it.

    He just wants to make you happy but also piss you off at the same time.

    Should have gotten his name and badge.

    Turbo! how accurate am I? ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Shazbot4

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    couple questions i'm surprised no one has asked. where the heck do you live? here in san diego ca, discharging a fire arm at all in the city limits is a one way ticket to jail, the bullet / pellets could come down anywhere.

    who said its ok to shoot at aircraft over your house with a gun? you know how many f-18's c5 galaxy's and passenger airliners fly over my house every day? your saying i can take pop shots at them for sport according to this sheriff?

    the only way i see this not being a shit storm for the guy who's shooting at your i1 is your in deep deep in the sticks and nothing around. if not, collect the brass /spent shells and call the cops on that moe-foe for being a complete wack job, be thankful your alive. how do you know he wasn't aiming for you?

    destruction of private property all day long
     
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  20. Outta Control

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    Here...
    http://www.inspirepilots.com/threads/congratulation-turbodronepilot-your-are-1.3071/

    This is true in any Liberal Kommunist Kalifornia city.

    Or a any colored laser pointer.

    Collect them as evidence for later civil court case.
     
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