"Stunning" drone shots of lava in Hawaiian national parks

Getting tasered in national parks is probably not the best promotional use of drones.


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Comment by Michael Visser on April 29, 2015 at 2:26am

No idea what he was flying from the article and content available, with all the people around the viewing point it must have been a mini/micro quad.

Comment by Jonathan Hair on April 29, 2015 at 4:32am
Crazy. RC is not a crime (At Least it shouldnt be). The hysteria is getting bad enough I think it only a matter of time until police approach a report of drones flying with guns drawn.
Comment by Muhammad Al-Rawi on April 29, 2015 at 4:54am

The photo on sUAS News shows something like a Husban X4: 

He didn't make the best of the situation. ID yourself, show them what you have and they just might brush it off. 

Taser is still ridiculous.

Comment by Quadzimodo on April 29, 2015 at 5:14am
Since when did park rangers start carrying weapons? To an Aussie, that is such an alien concept!

I guess if we are prepared to allow ticket officers to taser kids on the train for doing the wrong thing then failing to comply, why not let park rangers taser recreational flyers for doing the same?

It does all sound a bit uncivilised though!
Comment by Marc Dornan on April 29, 2015 at 5:48am

Just another case of a police officer not knowing how to deal appropriately with a situation...he certainly looks like dangerous suspect! He could have calmly waited for it to land and and calmly arrested him.

Comment by Tobias Witting on April 29, 2015 at 6:18am

Hard to know how the pilot actually behaved. But no matter what he said or did, tasering him for flying a 3inch copter is a tiny little bit out of proportion!

Comment by Aaron Scantlin on April 29, 2015 at 6:58am

Wow.  While there may have been "hundreds" of people around, that mini quad could, at best, cause a few minor lacerations and maybe a bruise if he hit someone at full throttle.. I take safety as a #1 priority, but I think if these people are willing to get this close to a lake of lava then they're probably willing to stand around while someone flies such a small quad.

When did the law become so black and white?  Are we only trusting supreme court judges with the capability to consider a situation in context to determine what the proper course of action is?  Not quite sure what this Park Ranger thought he was protecting by tasering this man after he landed..

Comment by Gary McCray on April 29, 2015 at 3:16pm

You've got to be kidding me this was an absurd overreaction.

When law enforcement can get away with treating citizens this way without any fear of accountability.

Who protects us from them.

Black man in the US recently choked to death by officers "restraining" him over reselling individual cigarettes.

Also while not apparently resisting arrest.

Finding was justifiable force.

Who exactly is it they are protecting?

Comment by Nathaniel Caner on April 29, 2015 at 3:39pm

I'm like 99% sure that is a Hubsan X4. I own one to keep my skills sharp over the long winter months! I can say from practical experience about the worst thing that could happen with one of these micro quads is to get one stuck in someones hair or beard! As far as lacerations go...not happening unless you have paper thin skin. Try it, it doesn't tickle but it's not going to cause any injuries that even require a band-aid!

The response to the incident is ridiculous, but the pilots response escalated the situation and is what got his tased not the fact that he was in violation of the park rules. Ultimately there are no degrees when it comes to the rules based on the size of the aircraft. It either is in violation or it's not.

As I write this yet another story is coming on the news about some yahoo flying a multirotor in the vicinity of an airport and being near the flightpath of an airliner. When will these morons get a clue?


Nathaniel ~KD2DEY

Comment by EngineerX on April 29, 2015 at 4:16pm

Lucky for him he wasn't flying a DJI Phantom... he would've most likely had been shot for that! Sad state of affairs here in the USA. Although he was responsible for bringing the sparky arm of the law onto himself for not knowing that it is illegal to fly in State/Federal parks. 


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