If you are someone who attaches your flamethrower, gun or some other weaponry mechanism to the drone, you should read the latest notice from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has made it clear in the recent notice that citizens must not attach any weapon to their drones. Flamethrowers, guns and some of the other weapons are included in the noted list of the FAA. Anyone who does not adhere to the rule would be imposed with a fine up to $25,000.
“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,” reads the official statement from the agency.
It should be noted that the definition the FAA has given for ‘Dangerous Weapon’ is any item that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death, in the worst case scenario. It’s clear that a flamethrower comes in that category on that day. However, the agency adds that the citizens can request an authorization from the FAA for using weaponized drones for certain purposes like film-making, hunting or something related to the defence sector.
The notice also added that an authorization from the FAA does not supersede any regional laws. If you live in a state that prohibits the use of weapons attached to drones, you will still be booked. As it can be found from the official statements, the FAA has taken the decision in light of the recent incidents and the increasing number of YouTube videos that often celebrate weaponized drones.