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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Seer's picture

Isn't this a precursor to a demolition event?

zerozulu's picture

So was it OK if he could kill a brown cabbie?

chumbawamba's picture

I'd check the FAA's official definition of "aircraft".  I'll bet it doesn't include a hobby quadcopter.

I am Chumbawamba.

Max Cynical's picture

I'm not seeing where the FAA has any jurisdiction. This would appear to be is an overreach. What's next, paper airplanes?

chumbawamba's picture

That is exactly the point.

the official power to make legal decisions and judgments.
I am Chumbawamba.
Seer's picture

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!"

Stackers's picture

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 ?


espirit's picture

Just wait until some wacko straps an IED to a COTS drone.

Did I just say that out loud?

XitSam's picture

The NSA heard you just fine.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Hah.....echelon strikes...

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


krispkritter's picture

People near glass houses shouldn't throw drones...(well, somebody had to say it)

Manthong's picture

expensive RC model aircraft flying lesson

PT's picture

Bingo!  Only "The Chosen Ones" will be allowed to have drones.

NotApplicable's picture

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).

doctor10's picture

Looks to me like the Fed.gov crowd is claiming exclusive rights to fly "drones" into buildings in Manhatten.  Just sayin'

silverserfer's picture

Was that Jamie "Fuckmouth" Dimon's Window he kept bumping into?

buzzsaw99's picture

this is so funny. can't wait until drones are pointed in the right direction. release the krakken!

Yen Cross's picture

     Probably Bezos fucking around with (AMZN) prototypes while on the leftover pain meds. from his kidney stone surgery...


Senduko's picture

Reminded me of having sex while drunk.

rosiescenario's picture

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 home....so 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.



Frank N. Beans's picture

Don't drink and drone.


TeamDepends's picture

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....

A Nanny Moose's picture

"Judas Priest Barbara! It's one of those flaming bags again!!!"

SeekingWhale's picture

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.

EverythingEviL's picture

Only hit 2 buildings? LOL

pods's picture

The BBC did report a third building fell down though................


TeamDepends's picture

....twenty minutes before it actually fell.

Soul Glow's picture

....and changed into a cloud of dust.

TeamDepends's picture

A little tiny passport was found, miraculously intact, belonging to a member of Al-Tea Party.  Just sayin'....

Luckhasit's picture

All of those financial records gone...

BidnessMan's picture

3 more buildings and he will be an Ace.

kchrisc's picture

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."

OCD_AgBULL's picture

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!

NotApplicable's picture

No, they aren't.

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

nasa's picture

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

Yen Cross's picture

   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.

McMolotov's picture

Poor dude almost has "dildo" in his last name.

10mm's picture

Fuckin freak show, all of it.

OCD_AgBULL's picture

"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

pods's picture

Quadcopter is now an AIRCRAFT?  



OCD_AgBULL's picture
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)
10mm's picture

Over grown dick head needs to leave city and play in a field. 

Soul Glow's picture

David Zabdlidowsky?  That's a name one makes up when they can't think of a name to make up.

22winmag's picture

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...

Mr Pink's picture

They weren't sure who to send a fine to, The Mossad or the CIA

Took Red Pill's picture

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.