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FAA Fines Drone Operator For Multiple "Reckless" Crashes In Manhattan

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Filed under - WTF Headline of the day. The FAA, for the 2nd time in its history, has fined someone (David Zabdlidowsky) for operating (and crashing) an unmanned drone in Midtown Manhattan:


The drone was operated in a "careless and reckless" manner, according to the letter below, which is hardly surprising given it took off from 38th near what locals call "Pub Alley." Is this what Obama was worrying about?


Here is the video of the crash...


Full FAA Letter...

Drone NYC


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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:47 | 4721771 Seer
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Isn't this a precursor to a demolition event?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:54 | 4721797 zerozulu
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So was it OK if he could kill a brown cabbie?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:55 | 4721802 chumbawamba
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I'd check the FAA's official definition of "aircraft".  I'll bet it doesn't include a hobby quadcopter.

I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:00 | 4721820 Max Cynical
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I'm not seeing where the FAA has any jurisdiction. This would appear to be is an overreach. What's next, paper airplanes?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:11 | 4721853 chumbawamba
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That is exactly the point.

the official power to make legal decisions and judgments.
I am Chumbawamba.
Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:14 | 4721871 Seer
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Actually, it's programming to have us believe that it shouldn't be allowed.  They'll then use this to stage another event after which we all go "oh, yeah, they were warning about that!"

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:50 | 4722010 Stackers
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Next up fines for paper airplanes.



In totally related news the Montgomery County (north Houston) Sheriff Dept recently crashed their $200k+ helicopter drone bought with a grant from homeland security into Lake Conroe. Think they will be getting a letter from the FAA ?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:51 | 4722398 espirit
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Just wait until some wacko straps an IED to a COTS drone.

Did I just say that out loud?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 21:35 | 4722661 XitSam
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The NSA heard you just fine.

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 00:43 | 4723023 Oh regional Indian
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Hah.....echelon strikes...

I read the guy's name as Zab Dildo Sky and thought that was funnily apropos...


Sat, 05/03/2014 - 08:51 | 4723342 krispkritter
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People near glass houses shouldn't throw drones...(well, somebody had to say it)

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 11:35 | 4725809 Manthong
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expensive RC model aircraft flying lesson

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 20:58 | 4722561 PT
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Bingo!  Only "The Chosen Ones" will be allowed to have drones.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:44 | 4721989 NotApplicable
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You just need to look a little closer. Then they'll poke you in the eye, kick you in the nuts, and arrest you for treason.

If you think jurisdiction means anything, you're not nearly cynical enough (by several orders of magnitude).

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 14:32 | 4726234 doctor10
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Looks to me like the crowd is claiming exclusive rights to fly "drones" into buildings in Manhatten.  Just sayin'

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:47 | 4721772 silverserfer
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Was that Jamie "Fuckmouth" Dimon's Window he kept bumping into?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:48 | 4721775 buzzsaw99
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this is so funny. can't wait until drones are pointed in the right direction. release the krakken!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:53 | 4721782 Yen Cross
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     Probably Bezos fucking around with (AMZN) prototypes while on the leftover pain meds. from his kidney stone surgery...


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:52 | 4721785 Senduko
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Reminded me of having sex while drunk.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:52 | 4721790 rosiescenario
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One of my neighbors was flying his the other day....kind of a neat drone that takes photos or video and can be directed to fly to a GPS location, photo it, and then return the thing has far greater range than just your normal R/C plane.


Knowing that boys will be boys, I expected to be reading about guys flying these things around in the city and looking in windows, etc.



Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:55 | 4721801 Frank N. Beans
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Don't drink and drone.


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:04 | 4721829 TeamDepends
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Can a drone be trained to drop a flaming bag of dog poop onto Bloomberg's front porch after ringing the doorbell?  Because that would be a justifiable use of taxpayer dollars....

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:23 | 4721888 A Nanny Moose
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"Judas Priest Barbara! It's one of those flaming bags again!!!"

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:58 | 4721814 SeekingWhale
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2 pound drone crashed.  Woohoo, everyone run and hide from a falling piece of plastic.  A can of soda falling from the sky is scarier than a broken drone.  Although people flying these things in cities should be more careful than this guy for sure.  Slap him the same way you would slap someone for throwing trash off the 20th floor of an apartment building.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:58 | 4721815 EverythingEviL
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Only hit 2 buildings? LOL

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:09 | 4721851 pods
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The BBC did report a third building fell down though................


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:18 | 4721870 TeamDepends
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....twenty minutes before it actually fell.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:21 | 4721897 Soul Glow
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....and changed into a cloud of dust.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:22 | 4721903 A Nanny Moose
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Pull it.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:27 | 4721923 TeamDepends
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A little tiny passport was found, miraculously intact, belonging to a member of Al-Tea Party.  Just sayin'....

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:53 | 4722024 Luckhasit
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All of those financial records gone...

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 18:28 | 4722120 TeamDepends
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..., but not forgotten.

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 11:44 | 4723612 BidnessMan
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3 more buildings and he will be an Ace.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:00 | 4721819 kchrisc
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I'm going to send a $multi-billion fine notice to the DC US for murderous use of drones overseas to bomb people, especially schools and wedding parties.


"Failure to pay will necessitate additional actions up to and including the guillotine."

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:12 | 4721861 OCD_AgBULL
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Damn straight I thought exactly the same thing when reading their letter and posted below before I read this.

Hipocites. Every single one of them!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:47 | 4722000 NotApplicable
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No, they aren't.

The word you're looking for is "con-artists."

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:03 | 4721826 nasa
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You know they wanted to send this guy to Club Gitmo.  'Don't bring your drones into our house, we don't want to share the air space with John Q. Serf' is the message they are sending.  I'm surprised they just didn't buy him a nail gun

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:05 | 4721834 Yen Cross
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   If that guy was smart he'd fly his drone through the N.Y. sewage tunnels...I hear all the rats have "U.S.A." lapel pins and cuff links.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:07 | 4721842 McMolotov
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Poor dude almost has "dildo" in his last name.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:09 | 4721845 10mm
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Fuckin freak show, all of it.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 18:46 | 4722193 ebear
Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:09 | 4721847 OCD_AgBULL
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"5) During the flight described above, while you were operating the aircraft,the aircraft was not flown within visual line of sight of you."

"6) During the filght decsribed above, you operated the aircraft within a Class B airspace area without having recieved an ATC clearance from the ATC facility having jurisdiction for that area before operating in that area"

I bet the military drone operators that are bombing the shit out of far corners of the earth don't get sent these letters.

I think they should need to be within line of sight of their machines before they take out mohammeds + innocent civilians and should definitely need to get clearance from the relevant authorities before facelessly killing the citizens of said areas in their airspace.

Hipocrite motherffers

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:11 | 4721858 pods
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Quadcopter is now an AIRCRAFT?  



Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:22 | 4721901 OCD_AgBULL
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aircraft ???kr??ft/ noun noun: aircraft; plural noun: aircraft
  1. an aeroplane, helicopter, or other machine capable of flight
  2. ie washing machine fired from giant catapult with gopro must be flown within line of sight of operator at all times during flight (make sure to get appropriate permission from apartment maintenance before taking washing machine to rooftop for pre-flight checks)
Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:13 | 4721868 10mm
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Over grown dick head needs to leave city and play in a field. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:19 | 4721891 Soul Glow
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David Zabdlidowsky?  That's a name one makes up when they can't think of a name to make up.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:23 | 4721908 22winmag
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It's been close to 13 years since two buldings in Manhattan were struck by drones and the FAA didn't do shit that time...

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:30 | 4721937 Mr Pink
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They weren't sure who to send a fine to, The Mossad or the CIA

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 18:34 | 4722149 logicalman
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They should split it.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:35 | 4721953 Took Red Pill
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I have one of these and this guy is an idiot. They are very easy to fly. I am surprised at how tough it was after crashing into buildings.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:49 | 4722007 NotApplicable
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So... you owe him one.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:44 | 4721984 indio007
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Notice of Proposed Assessment?




Please provide EVIDENCE that the FAA has jurisdiction.


see attached Notice of Imminent Tort

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:51 | 4722008 Luckhasit
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He gets fined meanwhile the dude(s) that crashes a drone at JFK remains mysterious? Oh right that crack FBI and nypd team looked into that. I wonder which agency told themto go away.  

Next thing you know you will need clearence to fly your styrofoam plane. Those things rocks!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 18:02 | 4722045 Lmo Mutton
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Because flying between buildings in Class B airspace is soooooooo dangerous to other aircraft.

Other drones aiming for siad buildings maybe.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 18:06 | 4722054 whoopsing
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That guy flys like a chinaman drives!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 18:20 | 4722074 NuYawkFrankie
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re Drone crashes in Manhattan


I was wondering wtf hit me on top of the head.

Just assumed it was the Rt Hon. Senator for NY Hillary takin' a dump whilst doin' a fly-by on her broomstick...

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 18:21 | 4722098 SmittyinLA
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I'd file that letter in the circular filing cabinet 



Fri, 05/02/2014 - 18:32 | 4722137 logicalman
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This guy killed how many?

How many have been killed by Obama's drones?

Who's the criminal here?


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 18:38 | 4722161 konputa
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I love that they misspelled Federal Express on page 1of that document. "Fedral Express" Really?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 23:11 | 4722903 OCD_AgBULL
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Great spotting and these are the guys trying to tell us what to do/ what is right and wrong!

Pulease :(

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 23:38 | 4722938 medium giraffe
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It was flying over a Pakistani wedding when the accident happened.

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 10:36 | 4723459 RaceToTheBottom
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I think the "hobby helicopter "drone" operator needs to get out of the city more.  He is obviously mentally retarded and needs to get out of his parents basement and grow up.

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 19:47 | 4724737 erkme73
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The FAA had its ass handed to itself over the Swiss guy (Raphael Pirker) they fined $10k for flying his styrofoam "drone" over the UVA.  Instead of cowering like most Americans, he picked a lawyer, and fought the bastards.  A federal judge ruled last month that the FAA has NO authority regulating model aircraft (including drones).  They COULD have the authority, if they actually followed the Congressionally-mandated rules making process (which includes public input) - but until they do, they don't have a leg to stand on.  It was a slam dunk.  Like any good loser, the FAA appealed.

In the mean time, they continue to send out illegitmate and harrassing cease and desist letters to pilots of model aircraft - and obviously, not giving a rat's ass about what the federal judge said in their first attempt at fining someone, they go right ahead and do it again.  Is there any reason ANYONE still thinks this government is for the people?

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