Unauthorized UAV Caught Flying Near Airport in Aspen

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 23, 2015 No Comments
Categories : UAV Safety

Colorado's Pitkin County Incident Management Team (PCIMT) says it has responded to its first-ever incident involving an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

On Jan. 22, the PCIMT charged a 20-year-old man with reckless endangerment, a class 3 misdemeanor, for flying a DJI Phantom Vision+ in the general vicinity of a private aircraft near the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.

He was summoned and released without incident, and the UAV was confiscated as evidence, the PCIMT says.

ESPN was recently granted special permission by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly drones to record footage of the local Winter X Games in Aspen. Given the proximity of the X Games venue to the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, the PCIMT says, drones create a serious concern in and around the venue.

The PCIMT is reminding the general public that the FAA does not allow drones to be operated within class delta airspace, which is generally a five-mile radius around an airport, without prior permission.

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