C. Curtis

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  1. As with any bystander video recording, it depends whether the court admits it. And that will depend on what type of case it is, and what the relevance of the video is to the case, It also depends whether the footage was legally obtained. Just as with audio recordings, in some jurisdictions a recording may not be admissible if the subject was not aware of being recorded, and if laws were broken to obtain a recording, it may not be admissible. And if it is a criminal case, then the footage may be subject to challenge and/or technical examination by either side. So a blanket answer is not po
  2. This page has some good information: https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/when-a-drone-flies-over-my-house-is-it-trespassing.html
  3. It's not exactly cut-and-dried. If you have the permission of the landowner, you can fly over their property (as long as you don't run into restricted airspace for other reasons). But I assume that's not what you are talking about, or it wouldn't be a matter of trespassing. There is no definite answer to ownership of airspace over property. There is a convention that the government owns over 500 feet, but since drones are usually restricted to a ceiling of 400', that isn't really relevant. In the 1946 Supreme Court case US vs Causby, a military plane flew 83 feet over a farm, pani
  4. I'm on a county emergency team of drone pilots. Right now I'm just a Visual Observer, because I don't yet have my 107 certification. I would love to have a mini to practice with (personal equipment). A mini also might be just the thing for quick and dirty preliminary flights, while waiting for the official equipment to arrive. Is it more nimble? Could I use it in tight quarters where a full-size drone might not have clearance (even indoors)? Or perhaps, in conditions where there is a chance that the drone might be lost and we don't want to send up one of the very expensive drones? Being s
  5. HI - I am a member of a Search and Rescue unit in Maine, and have recently joined the York County UAS team. We have meetings about once a month. As a volunteer, I can use a privately-owned drone for SAR as long as a 107 pilot is supervising the search, but to use the County-owned drones (some of which have neat features such as FLIR cameras), I have to get a 107 license - which is how I found this site. I look forward to learning a lot here!