FAA Orders Drones Grounded for Fleet Week

The U.S. military is the only entity that will be allowed to irritate the hell out of Bay Area residents with unnecessary, loud, and wasteful aviation this weekend, thanks to an order that will keep drones from interfering with the annual Blue Angels airshow that starts Thursday. 

A “No Drone Zone” has been declared in the area around the Fleet Week airshow, Bay City News reports. Drones will be prohibited from flying within five nautical miles of the show (near Crissy Field) from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 

Violators of the No Drone Zone could be hit with a $10,000 fine from the FAA. 

It's not all bad news for California drone aficionados, however. This week, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed three bills that would have restricted drones from flying over wildfires, schools, and prisons, according to the LA Times. So you can get that aerial view of Lowell High School, just as soon as the Blue Angels go home. 


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