Drone Pilot Fined $37K For Hindering Military Fighter Jets
The 43-year-old drone pilot, Jason Ng Yok Sen, from Singapore, has been fined no less than 51,000 Singapore dollars (about $37,000 USD) for accidentally hindering two fighter jets by using his DJI Mavic 2 drone to fly close to the runway of a military Airport. If the man cannot pay the fine, he faces 100 days in prison.
In the flight path
The incident took place on the evening of September 8, 2020. Jason launched his DJI Mavic 2 Zoom drone from a park south of Tengah Air Base, the main airbase of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). The man did not realize that he was flying exactly in the approach path of the runway with his drone. The drone was in the air for 20 minutes and covered more than 900 meters in that time. The maximum flight altitude was 134 meters.
At the same time, two incoming fighter jets were expected, with a total of four crew members on board. Fortunately, thanks to the presence of a DJI AeroScope drone detector, the alarm could be raised in…