FAA warns of hefty fines for drone pilots interfering in Storm Michael rescue mission


The FAA has warned that if unauthorised drones are found to be interfering with the Hurricane Michael rescue mission they will be the subject of heavy fines.

The regulator has said that fines in excess of $20,000 could be issued to the pilots flying without concern for rescue missions.

In a statement, the FAA described that many aircraft are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm.

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It went on to detail how flying a drone without authorisation in or near the disaster area may unintentionally disrupt rescue operations and violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is not in place.

It called for pilots to allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.

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