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Thai man threatened with 300,000 baht fine and jail for flying a drone

 

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Sanook reported that a Thai man went on Facebook to write about his experience of flying an unregistered drone in Bangkok. 

 

The man claimed that all he was doing was taking pictures from the air - he was not contravening laws about flying in restricted areas or spying on secret installations. 

 

Yet in October of last year he got a call from the Civil Aviation Authority to say he could be fined 320,000 baht. They eventually settled on 290,000.

 

He found this unacceptable and refused to pay even though he admitted not having the correct license. 

 

He tried to get the fine reduced and was threatened with jail. 

 

Finally a court fined him 5,000 baht and gave him a jail term suspended for a year. 

 

But the CAA had prosecuted him in several police jurisdictions. 

 

Ultimately he was obliged to pay 55,000 baht in fines. 

 

He has vowed never to fly a drone again. 

 

Source: Sanook

 
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To fly a drone you’ll need both NBTC and CAAT registrations. It took me over 2 months to receive the documents for my drone. Besides, the offices aren’t available in all provinces so you need to take your a** to where they are located or pay someone who can do it. This guy didn’t do anything wrong if you ask me. 

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How did they know he fly drone?

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15 minutes ago, racket said:

To fly a drone you’ll need both NBTC and CAAT registrations. It took me over 2 months to receive the documents for my drone. Besides, the offices aren’t available in all provinces so you need to take your a** to where they are located or pay someone who can do it. This guy didn’t do anything wrong if you ask me. 

Maybe the rules have changed but the original advice for those in the back of beyond like me was to register the drone at the local police station. I tried this and the response was "mai pien rai".

 

This guy stays in BKK so should have registered his drone. I don't put my footage on social media so hopefully won't be getting a call any time soon.

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5 hours ago, canopus1969 said:

So he broke the law and got found out - so what, serves him right

Ok so anyone breaking a law must be doing something wrong, is that it?

May I remind you it was once legal to own slaves and exterminate Jews. 

Just because something is "a law" doesn't mean it's right.

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How is a drone different from an RC airplane ?   The word "drone" refers to an unmanned or autonomous vehicle.  If you were operating a quad copter via an RC radio, is that a drone and illegal?  its not autonomous.    A tri, quad, helix, or octacopter can all be flown like any other RC device. 

 

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Thais should stick to assault and battery which carries a 5000 THB fine.  Throw in a deadly weapon like a machete for another 2000 THB.  Affordable crimes for Thais.

Leave drones and graffiti and cigarettes at the beach crimes to the farangs who can pony-up 100K or 200K THB.

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34 minutes ago, connda said:

Thais should stick to assault and battery which carries a 5000 THB fine.  Throw in a deadly weapon like a machete for another 2000 THB.  Affordable crimes for Thais.

Leave drones and graffiti and cigarettes at the beach crimes to the farangs who can pony-up 100K or 200K THB.

Yes wrong customer. Theory is correct there nothing but thieves and crooks wearing uniforms

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I think the camera is the issue.

What about flying a drone without a camera?

What harm could that possibly do?

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