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The Nationals violated FAA rules by using drones

Mar 17, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

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Remember last month how the Nationals were using drones for some promotional purpose or another? It appears they didn’t get approval for that, which is required by the FAA. They’re not in trouble — the FAA only acts on complaints or if they otherwise knew about the unauthorized drone use — and the Nats only did it for a day or so.

And not only did they get away with it, but the team’s response to the reporter’s request for comment was pretty darn sharp too:

“No, we didn’t get it cleared, but we don’t get our pop flies cleared either and those go higher than this thing did,”

That’s some pretty good anti-government red tap Nattitude.

  1. NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    If you read the article, you will see the rules are crazy. A hobbyist can fly a model airplane bigger than a drone, but put a camera on it and suddenly it’s “regulated.” Poor countries are using drones to drop medical supplies yet, not HERE! There is no consistency or logic to what the US is doing.

    • Reflex - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      You really don’t see a reason you would want someone to have a permit and permission to fly a drone with a camera? Maybe some teenage girls and a backyard swimming pool, or even a window, near a creepy neighbor? You want people to be able to fly cameras over neighbors property at will, obliterating any sense of privacy you might have?

      And what did the second part even mean? Is there some need in this country for medical supplies to be delivered via drones? Is some vital service being prevented here?

      I’m not saying the rules are all right or anything, but what you called out seems silly. I certainly want some chain of accountability before people start flying surveillance equipment around my property or family. And I do not think that is unreasonable.

  2. schmedley69 - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    I fully expect Mike Rizzo to call out the FAA for being gutless and fake tough.

  3. clydeserra - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Unauthorized Naltitude.

  4. sandwiches4ever - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    What do the Nationals know about Malaysia Airlines? Hmmm…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Sand, on behalf of the civilized world, I’d say that it just might be a little too soon to joke about the disappearance and possible deaths of some 220 of our fellow humans. Peace.

  5. rbj1 - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    “And not only did they get away with it,”

    Quick, we need some meddling kids.

  6. rcali - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Silly Nats, only big brother is allowed to use those on us.

  7. Todd Boss - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Red Tape even.

  8. mybrunoblog - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Nats Park is only 3 miles from the White House so I’m sort of surprised some type of anti-drone missile didn’t take it out.

    • belichickee - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      How far away is their Spring training facility? Because that’s where it was used.

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