‘Unlawful’ UAS Flights Under Investigation in Louisiana

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 19, 2015 No Comments
Categories : UAV Safety

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana, along with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), is looking into what it calls unlawful use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The sheriff's office says in a release that it and the JTTF both received calls in reference to a UAS flying over a local area industry. The incidents occurred on March 3 at around 2:00 p.m. and March 16 at around 10:00 a.m.

According to the sheriff’s office, it is against Louisiana law to use a UAS to conduct surveillance, gather or collect information, and photograph or record a targeted facility without prior written consent of the owner of the facility.

The statue 14:337 defines a targeted facility as petroleum refineries, chemical and rubber manufacturing facilities, and nuclear power electric generation facilities.

Whoever commits the crime of unlawful use of a UAS will be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or both, according to the sheriff’s office, which adds that the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits any person from operating an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life of property of another.

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