Drones With Flamethrowers
FAA – Hey Back That Bus The F&*K Up!
Cristal M Clark
In case you have not heard, last month a flamethrower attachment for a drone was released, causing the FAA to ask citizens to refrain from utilizing it. Apparently, the flamethrower allows a drone to spit fire up to 25 feet.
Just when you thought all you had to worry about was being spied upon by drones, now we have to worry about fire.
Last Thursday the FAA made quite the statement regarding the newly designed weapon of mass destruction by releasing a notice that called weapons and drones “a dangerous mix.”
Really, you don’t say?
The warning reads: “Perhaps you’ve seen online photos and videos of drones with attached guns, bombs, fireworks, flamethrowers, and other dangerous items, do not consider attaching any items such as these to a drone because operating a drone with such an item may result in significant harm to a person and to your bank account.”
Harm to your bank account? How about arrest maybe!?!?
Putting a flamethrower, or any “dangerous weapon” on a drone and flying the device violates Section 363 of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act, and could lead to penalties of $25,000, according to the FAA. But if a drone operator really needs to operate a weaponized drone, for whatever the reason, they can try to obtain a “specific authorization from the Administrator of the FAA to conduct the operation.
Under the law, a “dangerous weapon” is something “that is used for, or is readily capable of, causing death or serious bodily injury with the exception of a pocket knife. So, you could take someone’s eye out with a drone but you can’t start a fire with it.
In either case, keep your eyes on the sky for the new and improved, flamethrower drone and let us all hope that some gun rights nut, I mean enthusiast doesn’t figure out a way to mount an AR-15 to a drone and set that lose.
Cristal M Clark