I got in Trouble Flying Drone over People at the Beach

I had just got back my DJI Inspire 2 from the engineer after I had broken one of its tractor propellers mistakenly while unpacking it. It’s been just a week, and even though I tried not to get excited before it was ready, I couldn’t see anything else holding me back from taking my drone out for a run on the Miami beach. I had taken my time to understand every law that guided flying drones in Miami even before I got the drone.

I was already at the beach at around 6:30 am after which I did some warm-up while waiting for my friend, Duke to show up. He got there at about 15 minutes past 7, dressed in a colorful armless shirt and a beach short.

Are you sure the drone is fine now?”

No, I think it just contracted HIV,” I responded sarcastically.

Scott, Scott… you’ll be needing my help again pretty soon” Duke responded with a sinister smile seeking revenge. “You always do.”

He was right on that, and I always did need his help. After the tractor propeller had broken, he got me the engineer that fixed it up. He’s my best friend.

Starting up the drone was pretty easy, and that was enough to refill my cup of hope. The beach had begun to get crowdy, but that was part of the plan.

Dude relax, I haven’t even changed to my suit yet, talkless of getting the surfboard. You’ll kill the battery before we even get started.”

“Bro, just go get changed!”

Duke was a very good surfer, and I had a DJI inspire 2 drones equipped with a 2-Axis Stabilized FPV Camera, 58 mph Maximum Velocity, and an Advanced Obstacle Sensing ability. The plan was to record him while he tried out some stunts, during which I get actually to try out the features of the drone. It took him about 15 minutes to get ready, during which I had already turned off the drone to conserve battery.

“You are not a cameraman but please do your best. Don’t come too close and don’t go too far. Try to keep your focus on me most of the time.”

I got, I got it. Go do your thing while I do mine” I responded with a proud smirk.

“God is with us,” He said with a smile as he turned and started walking into the sea.

I started the drone immediately, and I took it as far up as it could go, to test out its range. After this, I sent it out to the river. I could see through the camera with the screen on the controller, and it made it easy to follow Duke as he fought against the waves of the river. Duke was doing great, and the drone was doing an even better job.

As I looked around the beach, I was glad today was turning out great. Then I saw the prettiest girl ever. A tall blonde wearing a black shade, and a red bikini. That was her spot, and I had to say hi. I have been working in on my confidence since Jane broke up with me, and here is an opportunity to test it out.

I’lI’use the drone to catch her attention, I said to myself.

I walked towards where she was and hit the back to the home button on the drone. This was supposed to send the drone to my current location, and I’d act like it was due to a malfunction that the drone landed so close to her. I walked gently towards her, trying to pretend like I was just looking around.

As I moved closer to where her umbrella had been dug into the ground, I smiled and said “Hi,” looking away immediately to act like I wasn’t interested in her. I looked up at my drone who refused to come down and continued to hover in the sky. It was malfunctioning.

I repeatedly pushed the send home button, after which I tried to use the analogy on the controller to move it, but still nothing. Suddenly, the drone began to move towards the main road. I chased after the drone, passing through the crowded beach. The drone eventually crash landed on the pedestrian walk beside the road. I got there, and the tractor propeller had broken again.

Young man, is this drone yours?”

As I looked forward and up at who was talking to me, it was a man wearing a shiny black shoe, black pant trouser, and a police uniform…

Yes officer, it malfunctioned and crashed here from the beach” I responded, gulping at every chance I got. It is against the law in Miami for your drone to fly over a crowd of people, I knew but my attempt to impress the beautiful lady caused it, and there was no way I could explain this to anyone apart from Duke who was still surfing.

Now I’m in the police station few blocks away, hoping Duke would be done surfing soon and be smart enough to track me down here and come to bail me out.


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