Welcome, Commercial Drone Pilots!
Join our growing community today!
Sign up

US v. Causby (1946) and what altitude can you legally fly at over someone's property

R.Perry

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 15, 2018
Messages
1,699
Reaction score
1,203
Age
73
Location
Coulterville, CA
BegA, here is a question for you. It is illegal toe shoot at any aircraft. You have identified his toys as cannons; if he shoots a projectile at a drone isn't he breaking the law?
The is also a gun that uses electric fields to shoot a projectile. My point is it doesn't need to be classified as a firearm.
 

BigAl07

Administrator
Staff member
DSAR Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2018
Messages
2,572
Reaction score
2,161
Age
51
Location
Western North Carolina
BegA, here is a question for you. It is illegal toe shoot at any aircraft. You have identified his toys as cannons; if he shoots a projectile at a drone isn't he breaking the law?
The is also a gun that uses electric fields to shoot a projectile. My point is it doesn't need to be classified as a firearm.

That's much bigger than my pay grade but I'm of the thought that if something like that hits your UAS, over private property, you're way too low/close.
 
  • Like
Reactions: R.Perry

Enorda

New Member
Joined
May 8, 2021
Messages
4
Reaction score
4
Age
47
I agree with Bigal, that it is too close, but the FAA classifies drones as aircraft. As such, shooting at an aircraft is illegal. People have gone to jail for shooting at drones. Not really the shirt cannon, but a shotgun for sure. I mean if I am flying 100' at 25mph over property, and someone shoots it with a 12g slug, I am 100% reporting that to law enforcement and the FAA. Even just shooting at. I might also be impressed at the shot with a slug...

It is illegal to shoot at aircraft, manned or not. If they wanted to try and sue me or have me arrested for privacy violations, they should contact law enforcement.
 

Enorda

New Member
Joined
May 8, 2021
Messages
4
Reaction score
4
Age
47
Missed part of the question before. Yes anything that someone does to jeopardize the safe operation of an aircraft is breaking the law. So shooting a shirt cannon at a drone is breaking federal law. Doesn't matter if it is like the French laser cannon, or a GPS jammer, or a net "cannon" it is illegal.
 

New Threads

Members online

Forum statistics

Threads
3,585
Messages
33,336
Members
5,081
Latest member
Skycam509