Yellowstone National Park officials say they are investigating a photo taken by drone in one of its parks which has been posted online. The organisation claims the photo is of one of the park’s geothermal features and is therefore illegal. Drones are banned in Yellowstone along many other parks across the United States and violation of the ban is a misdemeanour with a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $5,000 (£3,899) fine. The National Park Service says the reason behind the rules is that drones can harass wildlife and the noise is a nuisance to visitors.
A drone pilot in the UK has become the first to be fined for interfering in police operations after he flew his device into the path of a rescue helicopter. The DJI Phantom interfered with a search and rescue mission looking for a missing woman near the River Nene in Cambridgeshire. Sergej Miaun was found guilty of making unsafe drone flight at Peterborough Magistrates Court last Friday. The court heard how the police pilot had to take ‘evasive action’ after Mr Miaun flew his drone underneath the helicopter. According to a report from the South West News Service, Mr Miaun
The US government is expected to write up new rules which will authorise commercial drone deliveries and allow the Department of Justice and Homeland Security to shoot down drones. The DFHS will be allowed to disable or shoot down drones they believe to be posing a threat to government buildings. According to a report from Reuters, the Trump Administration said it did not have any authority to take out potential malicious drones prior to the new rules. Last week, Commercial Drone Professional reported on a story which detailed how a security official felt the US was ‘powerless’ against drones. In