Report: Pair Arrested for Michigan Stadium Drone Flight

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At the University of Michigan’s home opener on Saturday, some fans no doubt noticed the illegal drone hovering above Michigan Stadium. 

The Detroit News reports that two individuals were arrested for piloting the drone after a report was made to University of Michigan police. 

“We made contact with the drone pilots that night and made two arrests,” University of Michigan deputy police chief Melissa Overton told The Detroit News, adding that “It’s difficult to control air space.”

University policy says that “unsafe or unauthorized” use of drones anywhere on campus is punishable by criminal or civil penalties. Policy states that a first violation can result in a drone pilot losing flying privileges for a year, and repeat offenders can be permanently blocked from flying drones on campus.

From AB: Understanding the Latest FAA Drone Regulations

Some drone activity is actually planned near Michigan Stadium throughout the season, according to the Michigan Department of Public Safety and Security, which on Aug. 29 released a statement alerting the public that on Fridays prior to home games “people at or near Michigan Stadium may see a drone flying overhead. No drone activity will occur on the day of a home football game.” 

The policy on drone activity makes an exception for law enforcement. 

The Federal Aviation Administration regulates the use of drones. Recreational users can find guidance here.

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