A drone crashed onto the roof of Craythorne’s Public House, Halswell, at 3.30pm Saturday. Manager Richard Norriss said “some one might want to claim it back” He was unable to identify the owner or locate the camera on it.
Jimmy Ryan a Drone enthusiast said “it was never a nice feeling to know you’ve got a few thousand dollars flying away. Some drones could be tracked back to their owner by removing a card from the camera, finding rogue drones, when they came in to trouble with wind or failing batteries, depended on the quality of the drone and what features it had. Unless the drone had a third-party back-up transponder on it, the operator would have a very hard time trying to locate the off-course drone – and especially if it was flown out of sight.”
Ryan said the rules around UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) would be broken, just like those surrounding speed and alcohol were.
“It’s technology and the accessibility is only going to get better.”
New rules controlling the use of RPAS – including drones or UAVs – would become effective on August 1 2015, and included restricting the UAVs from being flown over private property without permission.
Christchurch Police Inspector Murray Hurst said the police “quite often” received calls from people reporting drones flying too close to houses.
To date, he did not know of anyone that had been injured from a rogue drone and it was luck in this instance that it landed on the pub’s roof.
“It could have easily hit a car or person.”
Hurst said while some clubs and members did abide by civil aviation rules and regulations, it “doesn’t stop a person going down to Dick Smith and buying one and flying it”.
“It’s one of those things – law takes a while to catch up with society.”