Burciaga’s drone flew more than two miles at an altitude just above 450 feet. It landed just feet away from an active runway at McCarran International Airport.
McCarran workers found the drone and it was handed over to Las Vegas police. The FAA then launched an investigation.
They traced the drone back to Burciaga using the registration number on the drone. The FAA fined Burciaga almost $15,000.
“This was really a very serious incident, which is why we imposed such a large fine,” FAA Spokesperson Ian Gregor said of the incident. “In this situation, the pilot committed a litany of serious violations and really flew the drone carelessly and recklessly.”
This is what happens when you don’t know the environmental risk, and don’t know how to perform an emergency shut down.
There are many things that could have turned this situation into a much less serious affair. Sadly, far too few people take the time to understand how their drones operate before they fly them.
“That’s half of my year’s paycheck for trying to take a picture.”