Warning as teen faces drone charge
POLICE have warned residents to be aware of rules surrounding the use of drones after a 17year- old man was charged for flying a unmanned aircraft over the Townsville 400.
Police allege the Burdell teen was caught in the act of flying a drone over the event on July 9 about 2.45pm.
Inspector Roger Whyte said it was the first time anyone had been charged in Queensland for operating an aircraft in air- space over an event under the Major Events Act.
Police allege the teen piloted the drone from the Queens Rd end of Lou Litster Park towards Reid Park. It hovered over a helicopter operations area at Townsville State High School as a helicopter was landing and another taking off.
Police followed the drone to Lou Litster Park and seized it.
Insp Whyte said anyone piloting drones should visit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website and learn the rules surrounding their use. “It’s lawful to use a drone. People just need to know where, when and how to use them,” he said.
The 17- year- old has been charged with aircraft operating in airspace above major event and is due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on August 10. He faces a fine of up to $ 20,000 if convicted.