When Your Neighbor’s Drone Pays an Unwelcome Visit

New York Times:  “I began reporting a column about drones and the altercations they are causing among neighbors. The way these spats usually go, one neighbor gets a new drone (often around Christmas) and begins flying it around the backyard. Then, naturally, the drone flies over to the neighbor’s yard. Then, the neighbor gets upset, especially because most recreational drones these days are equipped with cameras.”

By |January 27th, 2016|Drones & Drone Law|0 Comments

Myth of a Cop Killing Epidemic

New York Post:  “And each incident is breathlessly reported by a media determined to show that America remains deeply, irredeemably racist.  Problem is, it’s simply not true.  Last week, The Washington Post published a study of the police shootings that took place in 2015. Likely they intended the story to be shocking — as on Dec. 24, 965 people were killed by police! Instead, the report quells the notion that trigger-happy cops are out hunting for civilian victims, especially African-Americans. Among its key findings:  White cops shooting unarmed black men accounted for less than 4% of fatal police shootings.”

By |January 3rd, 2016|General|0 Comments

75% Unhappy with Government

PJ Media:  “According to a new CNN/ORC Poll, 75% of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the way the nation is being governed, and 69% are at least somewhat angry with the way things are going in the U.S., both metrics about as negative as they were in fall 2014.”

By |December 31st, 2015|Loss of Freedom|0 Comments

New Survey Finds Majority of Scientists Global Warming Skeptics

Forbes:  “It is becoming clear that not only do many scientists dispute the asserted global warming crisis, but these skeptical scientists may indeed form a scientific consensus.  Don’t look now, but maybe a scientific consensus exists concerning global warming after all. Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies. By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.

By |December 31st, 2015|Global Warming|0 Comments

Many Home Insurers Exclude Drone Coverage

The Telegraph:  “Home insurers rush to exclude drones as Christmas sees popularity soar.  Canny underwriters have foreseen the risk of drones falling into the hands of ‘amateurs, fools and children’ Home insurers are rushing to exclude drones from their policies as experts warn that even those who buy them as gifts for others could be liable for privacy and personal injury claims. Provisions to exclude “aircraft” and “remote controlled vehicles” have been hastily added to policies, as underwriters refuse to risk footing the bill of potentially huge legal bills arising from the gadgets.”

By |December 26th, 2015|Drones & Drone Law|0 Comments

NASA Says Burning Fossil Fuels Cools Earth

Express:  “BURNING fossil fuels and cutting down trees causes global COOLING, a shock new NASA study has found.  Major theories about what causes temperatures to rise have been thrown into doubt after NASA found the Earth has cooled in areas of heavy industrialization where more trees have been lost and more fossil fuel burning takes place.”

By |December 22nd, 2015|Global Warming|0 Comments

FAA Announces Drone Registration Rules

The FAA issued the following press release on December 14, 2015:

“If you own a drone, you must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. A federal law effective December 21, 2015 requires unmanned aircraft registration, and you are subject to civil and criminal penalties if you do not register.

Register before January 20, 2016 and your $5 registration fee will be refunded!

By |December 14th, 2015|Drones & Drone Law|0 Comments

Paradise Valley CC Student Sues School Over Denial of Free Speech

The Daily Signal:  “A student at an Arizona community college is challenging her school’s so-called ‘speech zone,’ arguing the policy “severely limited” her right to free speech and due process.  Brittany Mirelez, a freshman at Paradise Valley Community College in Maricopa County, Ariz., was kicked out of the designated speech zone in October for failing to obtain permission to use the space.”  See the lawsuit complaint.

By |December 9th, 2015|Arizona Litigation, Loss of Freedom|0 Comments

Paradise Valley, Arizona, Passes Drone Ordinance

The town of Paradise Valley, Arizona, passed the first drone ordinance of any Arizona city.  The city’s press release states:

“The Paradise Valley Town Council adopted an ordinance on December 3, 2015 regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones).  The ordinance was drafted in response to resident concerns regarding public safety and privacy.  The adopted regulations attempt to balance the competing interests of privacy and safety concerns with the appropriate use of UAV technology for both recreational and commercial use.  The ordinance regulates three types of users: commercial, recreational, and emergency.

Commercial Use
Commercial users must register with the Town providing identifying information about the aircraft used.  Additionally, they must provide notification of the date, time, and location of each flight.  Both the registration and notice of flights may be done quickly online and there is no fee to register.  It is required that the Notice of Flight form be submitted at least four (4) hours prior to the commercial flight.

The purpose of the online notice and registration is to allow residents who witness a UAV flying near their property to check online or contact the Police Department  to learn the purpose of the flight and the estimated end time of the flight.  If residents have concerns that the UAV is operating in an unsafe manner, they may pass that information on to the police who can contact the responsible party.

Recreational Use

A Paradise Valley property owner may use an UAV on their own property as long as such use is at a height of less than 500 feet and is not in violation of other laws or regulations.  The general prohibitions and penalties include:

  • Flying over private property without the owner’s permission may be considered a form of trespass
  • An UAV shall not be used in a careless or reckless manner that poses an apparent or actual threat of harm danger to persons or property
  • An UAV shall not be used to transmit any visual images or recordings of any person or property where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy (inside a residence of an enclosed yard is a defined “privacy” area)
  • Penalties for violation shall be a Class 1 Misdemeanor or punishable under the provisions of Article 1-9 of the Town Code (which suggests that initial violations be charged as a civil violation)

Emergency/Investigatory Use

Emergency use is allowed by a law enforcement agency in response to an emergency situation or after obtaining a warrant based upon probable cause that criminal activity is occurring.

Related Documents and Links
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Ordinance
UAV Registration Form
UAV Notice of Flight Form
Search for UAV Flights by Date

See also:

By |December 5th, 2015|Drones & Drone Law, Videos|0 Comments

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak

Pew Research Center:  “National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. . . . Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993. Violent non-fatal crime victimization overall (with or without a firearm) also is down markedly (72%) over two decades.”

By |December 5th, 2015|Guns|0 Comments