On Saturday a drone interfered with helicopters that were involved in fighting the Cameron Peak fire in Colorado. As part of the fire fighting efforts, helicopters were dropping water in the Pingree Park area when they were forced to stop because of an illegally flown drone.
“Don’t interfere with wildland fire operations when flying your drone!” is the message that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to get across to all drone pilots. A recent example of a fire fighting operation that was interrupted by an unauthorized drone happened last week during the East Plum Fire in Colorado.
An unprecedented look into official FAA documents and emails provide no conclusive answer to the Colorado Drone Mystery. A partially redacted email does show that DJI offered to use their DJI Aeroscope equipment at no cost to help determine if any DJI drones were flying in the Colorado skies. The case for Remote ID for drones was also made during this time. Here are some of the highlights, however, if you have time I would encourage you to read the entire article.
A drone has been deployed in the search and rescue mission that continued on Friday for a missing hiker at the Colorado National Monument. Jim Fuchs, 66, of Grand Junction, Colorado had started the hike on Monday this week, but friends had contacted park officials on Thursday after they were unable to reach Fuchs. #dronesforgood
A multi-day search on North Lake, west of Trinidad, Colorado was organized after a kayaker was reported missing on Monday, April 6th. Witnesses said that they had seen the kayaker capsize, but that he wasn’t spotted again. The missing kayaker was found days later with help of an underwater drone.