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Hefty fine for man who flew drone over Sheeran show

A man who flew his drone over Ed Sheeran's 21 March concert at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium has been slapped with a $1,050 fine by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority

By IQ on 29 Mar 2018

Sheeran's ÷ tour has sold more than 1m tickets in Australia and NZ, drone

Sheeran's ÷ tour has sold more than 1m tickets in Australia and NZ

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A man has been fined A$1,050 (US$805) for flying a drone over Ed Sheeran’s show in Brisbane on 21 March.

Sheeran’s record-breaking ÷ world tour touched down in Australia on 1 March, visiting Brisbane’s 52,500-capacity Suncorp Stadium on the 20th and 21st.

According to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), which issued the fine for the “hazardous operation of a drone”, the unmanned aircraft was flown at night, in a populous area, within 30 metres of people and beyond line of sight – all prohibited under Australian drone safety regulations.

Queensland police identified the Brisbane-based man flying the drone and provided CASA with evidence of the flight, according to the aviation authority.

Will Robley of Quantum Aviation spoke at ILMC in March about the anti-drone technology used by the company to prevent use of the aircraft at events, against a background of drones now being used to carry weapons or even being used as weapons themselves. “Your event security should consider the threat from above,” he warned.


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