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One drone pilot is paying a big price for a flight in Las Vegas that went very, very wrong. Reuben Burciaga told Fox 5 TV that he flew from the top of the parking structure of Caesars Palace before his drone started flying away from him.
Burciaga’s drone flew two miles from where he took off and landed near a runway of McCarran International Airport. Workers there found the drone and handed it over to the Federal Aviation Administration, who was able to track down Burciaga thanks to the registration number on his drone.
The entire stretch of the Las Vegas Strip is a 0-foot grid through the FAA’s LAANC system. That means to fly legally there takes plenty of preplanning, paperwork and more — something Burciaga did not do. He’s now facing $20,000 in fines for a total of nine violations from his flight that occurred back in June of 2018.
It seems like we see new uses for drones on a weekly basis. The latest example comes from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
In a video posted last week, the ICRC showcases how it has been using drones to find mass graves in Peru previously unable to be found. The drones help create 3D models of the areas, and researchers can then detect areas of change in the terrain where the mass graves might be located. The ICRC says it’s important to be able to find the bodies of the lost so that families can finally have answers.
Researchers from Caltech University and NASA have created a new drone that is launched into the air with a ballistic cannon. The drone is called SQUID, which stands for Streamlined Quick Unfolding Investigation Drone.
The SQUID drone is launched at 35 miles an hour into the air before its propellers open and the quadcopter begins hovering. One big benefit of the SQUID drone is it can be launched from a moving vehicle, which could be useful for emergency responders or others who need to streamline the takeoff process.
Finally, we bring you a lighthearted story on yet another creative use of drones. A company in Kansas is now offering to provide stork gender reveals via drone. You heard that right.
Pilot Patrick McBride of Drone on Demand announced his own family’s gender reveal with a DJI Inspire complete with a fake stork design on it. The drone delivered the sonogram to the doorstep with the message “It’s a boy” inside. Hopefully none of those flights end up becoming the next viral gender reveal fail.