Drone pilot ordered to pay $37,000 fine for endangering military aircraft
A Singaporean man has been slapped with a $37,000 fine (SGD $51,000) for flying a DJI Mavic 2 Zoom drone unlawfully in September 2020. If he’s unable to pay the fine, the drone pilot will face a jail time of 100 days.
This is the first time a Singapore court has dealt such a large fine for illegal drone operations. And that’s because the offense committed by Jason Ng Yok Sen is unprecedented for the country.
On September 8, 2020, Ng was flying his drone directly within the flight path of a runway at Tengah – a military airbase of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).
This runway was scheduled to use for landing two military aircraft with four personnel within the next hour. However, a DJI AeroScope device installed at the airbase detected the drone, following which a runway closure was ordered and the two inbound RSAF aircraft rerouted.
As Deputy Public Prosecutor Chong Ee Hsiun explained in court:
There was a risk of collision, which would…