Pilot almost gets arrested for no reason
Yes you have to handle the situation the right way and keep your cool. Trouble is a lot of us get pretty defensive and things get turned around pretty fast.
I think it is very important that if you are flying near or over NPS property to have the memorandum with you as clear evidence of the rule. The encounter was mostly pleasant but I don't know how they would have acted if I couldnt prove their own rule right away."
I guess I was a little harsh with my earlier comment, .. i find as you said, Residents, a play on words this has a legal definition and follows under legal obligation and duties as a "person" I find it strange that cops who aren't lawyers speak like lawyers without always knowing want is lawful and what is legal ... but your right as a person or a citizen or Resident you have no rights only the ones you exercise.. and cops can always find something to violate you or take your property, worlds full of gangs and criminals some wear badges some don't.
Fly safe and respect peoples privacy.
I am a cop, and on this one I would have to agree with the resident. Not saying that the Deputy was wrong, as I am sure he received a call from some neighbor who was complain about this guy flying. The only thing I would like to add that I have ran into in the past, and have had to explain to people is the definitions of reasonable expectation of privacy, which is the biggest complaint that I have ran into with UAV flying over people's home. I am not sure what other's state laws are, I am in Nevada, ours says to be trespass by drone you have to be flying below 250 feet, and have fly over someone property more then once, and that owner has put you on notice that he does not allow you to fly over his home.
Yes you have Reasonable expectation of privacy within your home. However like my house, I have a backyard and a 4 foot chain link fence around it, behind my house is a walking trail. I do not really have a expectation to privacy within my backyard because without any effort anyone can look into my backyard. So if you are flying over someone house who has a brick wall surrounding it, yes it would up to that person to show evidence that you were flying below 250 feet, but I would say you were in the wrong.
this video does show little information other then with the intent to make LEO look bad. We really do not know what this pilot was doing. Was he flying well below 250 feet? Was he clearly flying over neighbor's home? was he flying over a busy street? Other then drones are so new that laws have not caught up, we still have others laws that would apply to this disturbing peace, obstructing or distracting other drivers.
Yes cops are dicks sometimes, and there are times where I do not want to sit and debate laws with people and will just simply tell them how its going to be, and then I have days where I am more then willing to debate with my type A personality.
My two cents are this. Dont debate with cops, understand that there might be some smaller infractions that you may have done which you could be charged for, and knows your laws around your area.
I do as wellWell stated.
In the first few seconds of the video it's obvious by the LEOs demeanor that he does not want to be there. He's acting because someone is complaining. If the drone owner wouldn't have had quite so big of chip on his shoulder he might have noticed that as well.
I think Drone Pilots that fly over heavy residence areas violate the law constantly. Would be very hard not to.
I'm blessed to live in a sparsely populated rural area. I only fly over a residence if the owner asks me to for pics/videos. I get a lot of requests to do that. I never specifically photograph anyone's property, buildings, land, livestock, equipment without prior permission.
I Back the Blue.