The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has issued a warning to drone enthusiasts in the wake of recent hurricanes. While drones can be extremely useful for recovery efforts, the FAA fears that over-eager flyers may interfere with emergency responders—specifically as the U.S. Gulf Coast recovers from Hurricane Michael.
“Many aircraft that are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm,” says the statement from the FAA. “Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may unintentionally disrupt rescue operations and violate federal, state, or local laws.”
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In addition to facing prosecution for interfering with rescue efforts, there is also a maximum fine of $20,000. At the same time, if you are a skilled drone pilot and believe you can help out, feel free to reach out to local volunteer organizations.
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