Re: “Police charge drone pilot for photographing Air Force airport”, The Nation, yesterday.
Murderers get bail, before and after conviction.
Using a drone to photograph the array of (mostly broken) aircraft at Don Mueang gets you remanded in custody…
Kind of silly when Google Earth gives us one-metre resolution.
Take Google to court!
Some countries have in fact done just that.
I’m not complaining about Google. I’m saying a 9-kilometre no-drone-zone is silly when there are other ways to get much closer aerial views.
Now it’s been in the major news that a drone operator/owner has to register the thing in 90 days or face heavy fines and jail time, we’re going to hear all about the near-miss stories with aircraft again.
The suspect claimed to have no knowledge about the Thai authority’s ban on flying drones within a nine-kilometre radius of an airport.
The day that “having no knowledge” of a law becomes a valid excuse is the day all Thai prisons will be empty.
I doubt the 9km has much to do with anything except minimising aircraft hazards. At 9km on a normal approach an aircraft is about 1,500 feet up. Not sure you could see small a drone above that height.