We’re going to make this a short post, think of it as a drone user’s public service announcement, brought to you by the FAA. The FAA sent out an email making it painfully clear, you cannot attach weapons to drones.
We’ve discussed that you can’t shoot drones, even if they are violating your privacy and space, but now the message is the opposite, do not attach things that explode to your drone, especially if that explosion launches a projectile. Violation of this will result in civil penalties up to $25,000 per violation. Important links:
We can talk all day about this, but instead, let’s let the FAA themselves set the records straight:
Drones and Weapons, A Dangerous Mix
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning the general public that it is illegal to operate a drone with a dangerous weapon attached.
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.
Operating a drone that has a dangerous weapon attached to it is a violation of Section 363 of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act enacted Oct. 5, 2018. Operators are subject to civil penalties up to $25,000 for each violation, unless the operator has received specific authorization from the Administrator of the FAA to conduct the operation. “Dangerous Weapon” means any item that is used for, or is readily capable of, causing death or serious bodily injury.
Operators should keep in mind that federal regulations and statutes that generally govern drone operations still apply. Some state and federal criminal laws regarding weapons and hazardous materials may also apply to drone operators or manufacturers involved in certain operations.